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Please tell me, could you drink alcohol while on the antibiotic amox tr-k clv?

Please tell me, could you drink alcohol while on the antibiotic amox tr-k clv?

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 an antibiotic is 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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

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


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When I take my last antibiotic can I drink alcohol again?

Wait 24-48: To be safe and to let the antibx work most effectively, wait 24-48 hours, than you can drink etoh in moderation and responsibly only. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have finished my full course of antibiotic 4 hours before so can n I drink alcohol?

I have finished my full course of antibiotic 4 hours before so can n I drink alcohol?

Depends on…: The antibiotic: some like Flagyl (metronidazole) can interact with alcohol & cause marked nausea & vomiting. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) alone can cause nausea/vomiting even without alcohol. No drug interactions r listed for bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) amoxicillin, & alcohol, but it's never a good idea to mix alcohol with meds. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) & alcohol both affect the liver. Best to wait until you've finished antibiotics before drinking. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol when I took an antibiotic on Tuesday of this week?

How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol when I took an antibiotic on Tuesday of this week?

If you: Completed antibiotics 4 days ago drinking alcohol today should not affect the antibiotics. However it is better not to drink untill the condition that lead to the antibiotics has resolved ...Read more

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Is it OK to drink alcohol while taking z pac (azithromycin) antibiotic?

Is it OK to drink alcohol while taking z pac (azithromycin) antibiotic?

Within limits, yes: Azithromycin can cause gastrointestinal irritation with abdominal pain, nausea, or cramping, and alcohol could make it worse. For most people, a couple of mixed drinks, wine, or beer aren't likely to be a problem, but go easy. Of course heavy alcohol use impairs the body's ability to fight any infection, so no heavy drinking. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol 6 hours after I took an antibiotic pill?

Usually: In moderation. Do not drink alcohol if you are taking flagyll (Metronidazole) as that can induce an antibuse like reaction. ...Read more

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When can you drink alcohol after taking an antibiotic called augumentin. Thank you so much.?

When can you drink alcohol after taking an antibiotic called augumentin. Thank you so much.?

When finished: You should not drink with most medications. So when you finish your prescription. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic biaxin (clarithromycin)?

Can I drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic biaxin (clarithromycin)?

When checking this: On a drug interaction checker, it indicated that there can be minor, clinically insignificant but unspecified interactions. Should be fine but don't drink to excess. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol while on minaxen pills (contain minocycline antibiotic for acne)?

Not a good idea: Would recommend no consumption of alcohol, while using minocycline, as the side effects will be greatly increased and the effectiveness of the drug lessened. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking Nitrofurantoin 100mg for a UTI? I wanna drink this weekend and my last day to take this antibiotic is Saturday.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Nitrofurantoin 100mg for a UTI? I wanna drink this weekend and my last day to take this antibiotic is Saturday.

No contraindication: However, since alcohol use may be associated with sexual disinhibition, and "athletic" or vigorous sexual activity is associated with UTI's in women, would exercise caution on that front. Alcohol does reduce our body's immune response to infections, and does have some interactions with some antibiotics (taking it with Flagyl can be dangerous), there is no problem with nitrofurantoin. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

Yes: No problem taking penicillin class antibiotics with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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If I am taking xifaxan (rifaximin) for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is it okay to drink alcohol with it? Or will it adversely affect the antibiotic

If I am taking xifaxan (rifaximin) for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is it okay to drink alcohol with it? Or will it adversely affect the antibiotic

Nope: It is generally very unwise to consume alcohol while on any antibiotic - but since your intestine is trying to recover from infection I wouldn't take the chance of causing any more irritation until fully healed. Stick to water - freshen it up with slices of cucumber as this has antioxidant properties and may help with some of the irritation. Http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-91340/xifaxan-oral/details#interactions ...Read more

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I have viral infection now on anti biotics. Any food to avoid n can I drink alcohol?

I have viral infection now on anti biotics. Any food to avoid n can I drink alcohol?

Ask pharmacist.: Antibiotics will not treat a viral infection so it may be possible to stop the antibiotics and eat, drink and be merry. However, if you are taking an antibiotic it would be necessary to know specifically which one in order to answer your question. Each of them is different. Your pharmacist should know. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and the meds are no longer helping 59years old and it is hard to just be I don't drink alcohol or smoke meds used to work. Fine?

Still having probs: Some times and for often unclear reasons, medications for depression seem to stop working and need adjustments. I would want to know if you may also be having side effects to what you are already taking, or side effects to other meds? ...Read more

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Do prescription magna really works? And can I drink alcohol bev when taking this med? What food should you avoid? Thanks

Do prescription magna really works? And can I drink alcohol bev when taking this med? What food should you avoid? Thanks

Probably: Both maca and epimedium will affect male sexual performance. I doubt anyone knows whether there's an interaction with alcohol, but why not go easy until you know how the combination of herbs affects you? ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while on methotrexate? And how often do you need to get blood work done while on it?

Not recommended-3 mo: Drinking alcohol while on Methotrexate is not recommended. Methotrexate can sometimes cause liver damage and, since alcohol can also cause liver damage, this is why mixing the two is not recommended. Now, having said that, an occassional alcoholic beverage is not totally forbidden, but you shouldn't make a habit of it. The typical interval for liver testing while on Methotrexate is every 3 months. ...Read more

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What can cause liver to be enlarged. BP is 110/74 other then being overweight my health is good blood work is normal rarely drink alcohol?

What can cause liver to be enlarged. BP is 110/74 other then being overweight my health is good blood work is normal rarely drink alcohol?

Hepatomegaly: There are a number of causes of enlargement of the liver. In your case, it may be due to being overweight-a condition called fatty liver. The best way to determine that is a non-invasive test: an abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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Finished propanalol (beta blockers) this morning am I ok to drink alcohol for works do 8 hours after stopped taking them?

Finished propanalol (beta blockers) this morning am I ok to drink alcohol for works do 8 hours after stopped taking them?

Why was it stopped?: That is the first question. Are you sure the doctor did not mean for you to keep taking the medicine? Do you have refills?
Second question for you: How much alcohol do you plan to drink? The answer will depend on those two factors but a small amount (1-2 oz of liquor could be used in general (or 1-2 beers or glasses of wine) More alcohol than that is not good independent of the conditions treated. ...Read more

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I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

Alcohol and anemia: Drinking alcohol everyday could irritate your stomach and lead to small amount of blood loss without you being aware. Have your doctor check out your iron count and complete blood count to see if you are iron deficient. Consider decreasing the alcohol intake. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more