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Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Valacyclovir
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
Not wise,,,: Although there's no noted contraindication to doing this, it's generally not a good idea to drink alcohol with any drug, especially large amounts of alcohol that can affect the metabolism and concentration of that drug, and increase side effects. Having said that, it's unlikely that a glass of wine or small amount of alcohol would be significant, unless it is a major contraindication for the drug ...Read more
Yes, in moderation: There are no contraindications to drinking alcohol while taking valacyclovir for oral herpes. Contraindications/cautions include: hypersens to drug/class/compon, caution if immunocompormised, advanced hiv, renal impairment, concurrent nephrotoxic agents, elderly, if dehydrated. Getting drunk may not be safe to yourself and/or to others, however. That's why I suggest drinking in "moderation". ...Read more
Not recommended: Using st. John's wort together with alcohol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol. Don't risk hurting yourself, or others. Good health! ...Read more
Don't know, but...: Since there are no double-blind, randomized control trials to answer this question, can't tell you for sure. However, the question that I have is — since antibiotics are usually given only for a few days, if you don't feel like you can safely refrain from drinking alcohol for even that period, might you be struggling with an alcohol problem. Please discuss this with your doctor asap. ...Read more
Not a good idea: Nyquil itself contains about 20% alcohol, but more importantly excessive alcohol is bad for the immune system, and itself makes many cold symptoms (particularly nasal stuffiness) worse. Adding additional alcohol to nyquil increases the chance of intoxication, which aside from being illegal at your age, is dangerous, particularly behind the wheel of a car or anything similar. ...Read more
Alcohol & antibiotic: If you are on antibiotics for an infection, that means your body needs help. Alcohol is actually a toxin- although we are not used to thinking of it that way. So I don't think it's a good idea really to be drinking when on antibiotics for something. That said, there aren't any major drug interactions to worry about. Best to take it easy on yourself. ...Read more
Probably not ...: Probably not a good idea to take powerful antibiotics, fight off a bacterial infection and then add alcohol into the mix. Attached is an article from the Mayo Clinic regarding do's & don't's with Cipro. Hope that helps! http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/ciprofloxacin-oral-route/before-using/drg-20072288 ...Read more
Caution: Cimetidine can impair your body's ability to break down alcohol, which means that you could get drunk on smaller amounts of alcohol than you normally would. Also, alcohol often worsens diseases for which you may be taking Cimetidine in the first place. I would avoid alcohol, but if the alcohol is important to you, you may want to be on a different stomach medicine. Good luck. ...Read more
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