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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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I drunk alcohol while on an antibiotic for gonorrhea. Will it stop the medication from working?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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I drunk alcohol while on an antibiotic for gonorrhea. Will it stop the medication from working?

It should still work: A normal healthy person drinking a couple of alcoholic drinks should see no change in the effectiveness of her antibiotics. Haven't heard of any research studies looking into what happens when a specific larger number of alcoholic drinks is combined with gonorrhea therapy... but it's best not to do any heavy drinking anyway. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Abraham Morse
Board Certified, Urogynecology
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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?

Dr. Abraham Morse
Board Certified, Urogynecology
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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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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?

Dr. Abraham Morse
Board Certified, Urogynecology
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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

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
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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

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?

Dr. Susan Uhrich
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. George Valdez
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Can I take any antibiotics with alcohol?

Dr. George Valdez
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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
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Can alcohol lower the effects of the antibiotic?

Dr. Shaym Puppala
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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. Ajay Acharya
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What happens if you mix alcohol and antibiotics?

Dr. Ajay Acharya
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What happens if you mix alcohol and antibiotics?

Nothing: Only sulpha drugs will make you vomit.... ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Is it possible to eat food with alcohol in when on antibiotics?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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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. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Wanted to know if antibiotics and alcohol affect the liver in the same way?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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No: There are a great number of antibiotics and only a few have effects on the liver, which are usually mild and reversible. If you spend any time around a chronic care facility, you'll see plenty of patients who've ruined their livers with alcohol -- none with antibiotics. The mechanisms of alcoholic liver injury are complex and very serious. I'm wondering who told you something like this. ...Read more

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