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I drunk alcohol while on an antibiotic for gonorrhea. Will it stop the medication from working?

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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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


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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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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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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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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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I took my last bactrim antibiotic a little over 24 hours ago. Can I have some alcohol?

I took my last bactrim antibiotic a little over 24 hours ago. Can I have some alcohol?

Antibiotics/ETOH: Those taking Bactrim should'nt drink alcohol during treatment. This includes alcoholic beverages, cough meds and mouthwash containing alcohol because alcohol can intensify the negative side effects of bactrim. If you are off the meds for a day it should be ok. ...Read more

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Clindymicin antibiotic mixed with alcohol bad idea?

Clindymicin antibiotic mixed with alcohol bad idea?

Clindamycin & ETOH: While there is no direct adverse effect of consuming alcohol while on Clindamycin therapy, many antibiotics, including Clindamycin can cause varying levels of GI upset. Adding alcohol can aggravate this GI upset. I would suggest moderation in your alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a small portion of alcohol , like beer, while takin antibiotic ?

Is it ok to take a small  portion  of  alcohol , like beer, while takin antibiotic ?

Would avoid this: There is an antibiotic called Flagyl which you cannot consume alcohol. How about avoiding alcohol until you finish your course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Antibiotic Flagyl and alcohol?

Antibiotic Flagyl and alcohol?

Not a good idea: Drinking while taking Flagyl can cause an "antabuse (disulfuram)-like reaction, " which can make you very sick. It won't kill you, but you won't be happy. ...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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