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Dr. Abraham Morse
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If im taking antibiotics (for gonorrhea) that say not to drink alcohol while taking it and i accidentally did will it stop my medicine from working?

No, it will not: Some antibiotics can increase the tendency for ethanol to cause unpleasant symptoms and/or decrease apparent "tolerance". That is the purpose of the warning. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Abraham Morse
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Can u drink alcohol while being treaten wit antibotics for a std. Will the alcohol affect tha antibiotics from working?

No, it will not: Some antibiotics can increase the tendency for ethanol to cause unpleasant symptoms and/or decrease apparent "tolerance" but should not affect effectiveness of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Can i drink monster energy while taking anti biotics like keplex for fighting an infection, will it stop the process? Alsois consuming alcohol ok

Can i drink monster energy while taking anti biotics like keplex for fighting an infection, will it stop the process? Alsois consuming alcohol ok

Not recommended: There is a common myth that alcohol mixed with antibiotics, such as Keflex, causes interactions. Because of the healing process delay alcohol is not recommended. Drink a lot of water and get well soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Antibiotics mix w/ alcohol?

Antibiotics mix w/ alcohol?

Not good.: You are on the antibiotics for a reason and alcohol is likely to make them less effective or give added side effects. ...Read more

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Can I take any antibiotics with alcohol?

Can I take any antibiotics with alcohol?

Bad idea: Alcohol may make the antibiotics less effective or cause serious reactions. Check with your pharmacist or doctor to know what the risks are. ...Read more

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Can alcohol lower the effects of the antibiotic?

Can alcohol lower the effects of the antibiotic?

Depends on the med: Doxycycline is less effective with chronic alcohol use. Rifampin and Isoniazid can be more toxic to the liver combined with alcohol. There likely are more interactions; these should be included in the drug information sheet that accompanies the antibiotic. If in doubt, avoid alcohol. If heavy drinker, may need to ask doctor for advice regarding cutting down; stopping suddenly can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Why is it bad to consume alcohol while on antibiotics?

Why is it bad to consume alcohol while on antibiotics?

Usually not: Taking Metronidazole (flagyl) can, however, when combined with drinking alcohol, may cause problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Is it possible to eat food with alcohol in when on antibiotics?

Is it possible to eat food with alcohol in when on antibiotics?

Depends on the : Antibiotics. It would be prudent to consult your doctor and/or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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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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