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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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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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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 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 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 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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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

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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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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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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 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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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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I took azythromycin yesterday at 4pm an then I drank alcohol yesterday night around 11pm-1am. Did this reduce the efficacy of the antibiotic?

I took azythromycin yesterday at 4pm an then I drank alcohol yesterday night around 11pm-1am. Did this reduce the efficacy of the antibiotic?

No interference: Contrary to popular beliefs, almost no antibiotics interact with alcohol, and azithromycin does not. Heavy alcohol impairs the immune system's ability to fight infection, but alcohol in moderation makes no difference. Just don't overdo it. ...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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I am on metronidazole antibiotic and just rinsed my mouth with Listerine that contains alcohol. Should I be worried?

I am on metronidazole antibiotic and just rinsed my mouth with Listerine that contains alcohol. Should I be worried?

No, not at all: Listerine is fairly harmless chemical. So you have no reason to be worried/concerned. ...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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What does it mean when the right lower part of your back hurts after drinking alcohol and you're on an antibiotic?

Likely unrelated: Depending on which antibiotic you are on and the reason you are taking them and how much you drank the pain you are experiencing is probably unrelated. However the area in your back that hurts is near your kidney and if you drank a lot and the antibiotic is metabolized/excreted through the kidney then you may be overworking them. Or it may be muscle strain. Best not to drink when taking any meds. ...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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I took my last bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic a little over 24 hours ago. Can I have some alcohol?

Antibiotics/ETOH: Those taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 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 (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). If you are off the meds for a day it should be ok. ...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