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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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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


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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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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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If I just finished my antibiotics, when can I safely drink alcohol again?

If I just finished my antibiotics, when can I safely drink alcohol again?

Wait 48 hours: There has been little research conducted on this subject. However, the advice given by many of the manufacturers is that you should avoid drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics and for 48 hours after finishing the course of the treatment. Remember: moderation is the key. ...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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Wanted to know if antibiotics and alcohol affect the liver in the same way?

Wanted to know if antibiotics and alcohol affect the liver in the same way?

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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