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How does drinking alcohol affect your antibiotics?

How does drinking alcohol affect your antibiotics?

Depends on which: antibiotic. There are many drug interactions with alcohol, since it enhances the liver enzymes that metabolize not only alcohol (one of the factors leading to tolerance) but many other drugs, including ciprofloxacin and similar antibiotics. Moreover, alcohol decreases activity of both kinds of white blood cells - those producing antibodies and those that eat up (phagocytize) bacteria/viruses. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Does drinking alcohol affect your blood pressure?

Does drinking alcohol affect your blood pressure?

Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels: Having more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily increases your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases. Heavy drinkers who cut back to moderate drinking can lower their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by 2 to 4 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) by 1 to 2 mm Hg. Heavy drinkers who want to lower blood pressure should slowly reduce how much they drink over one to two weeks. Heavy drinkers who stop suddenly risk developing severe high blood pressure for several days. If you have high blood pressure, avoid alcohol or drink alcohol only in moderation. Moderate drinking is generally considered to be: Two drinks a day for men younger than age 65, One drink a day for men age 65 and older, One drink a day for women of any age. A drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1. 5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits. Keep in mind that alcohol contains calories and may contribute to unwanted weight gain — a risk factor for high blood pressure. Also, alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness and increase the side effects of some blood pressure medications. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect your lungs?

How does drinking affect your lungs?

Slows breathing: Alcohol is a brain depressant - it causes a part of the brain called the medulla to slow heart rate and depress breathing. In severe alcohol poisoning people can literally stop breathing. Alcohol however has not direct toxicity to the lungs themselves. Always drink in moderation. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol increase your cholesterol?

Does drinking alcohol increase your cholesterol?

No, not generally: If you are on fenofibrate, it means your triglycerides are high, and alcohol can raise these free fats very high and is dangerous for you. You are also on medication for bipolar disorder, and alcohol is dangerous for that as well, worsening the disorder and also interfering with the medications you are taking. Talk to your doctor about it. Low dose alcohol (1 drink/day) can raise good cholesterol. ...Read more

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Does diet pepsi affect your kidneys?

Does diet pepsi affect your kidneys?

Likely: Pepsi and other carbonated drinks have chemicals when consumed in large quantities can cause kidney stone. These drinks have high phosphorus which should be avoided by patients with chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. ...Read more

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Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Yes: Tobacco causes vascular, blood vessel, disease all over body i.e. Heart, brain, legs, and kidneys, etc. Excess alcohol hurts the overall circulatory system and liver, both affect kidneys. You get heart & liver failure from heavy use. While moderation in alcohol does not have well documented risk it does not have any benefits for heart or others.How to define moderation? Better quit both. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol damage your brain cells?

Does drinking alcohol damage your brain cells?

Yes: Alcohol does effect brain structure, function, neuro cognition in adolescent. Studies have found that adolescent heavy drinkers exhibit decrements in memory , attention and speeded information processing , and executive functioning. Heavy alcohol use in adolescence has an adverse influence on the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex volume. Heaps studies available how alcohol impact adult brain. ...Read more

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How much damage does drinking with mono hurt your liver?

How much damage does drinking with mono hurt your liver?

Mono causes: inflammation of the liver and elevation of your liver enzymes. Your liver is not working as well while you have mono. Since alcohol is metabolized in the liver, you should not drink any alcohol if you have mono. ...Read more

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How can sea water consumption affect your kidneys?

How can sea water consumption affect your kidneys?

How much: Sea water has lots of salts, and the kinds of salt and the amount depend on the location. A little won't hurt if heart and kidneys are normal. The more you take in the more the heart has to work to pump blood to the kidneys to get rrd of the salt. Extremely high salt levels in the blood can be deadly. ...Read more

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How can sea water consumption affect your kidneys?

How can  sea water consumption affect your kidneys?

Sea water: If it is salt water it is hypertonic and if you drink enough of it your sodium level will increase. Subsequent side effects depend on the level of hypernatremia, but first increased thirst, muscle cramping, and if only consuming salty sea water dehydration ensues with resulting (temporarily reversible) kidney injury. Then confusion, seizure, brain bleeding and ultimately death. ...Read more

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How does drinking excessive amounts of alcohol affect asthma?

How does drinking excessive amounts of alcohol affect asthma?

There have been: reports of alcohol triggering asthma attacks. The major offenders were wines, especially red wines...it is theorized that the sulfite preservatives in wine or histamines from bacteria/yeast produced when alcohol ferments may be the culprits. So it seems to be the type of alcohol drunk more than the amount. However, perhaps only 1/3 of asthmatics reports any adverse effects from drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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How does alcohol consumption affect an inr?

How does alcohol consumption affect an inr?

unpredictable: Acute alcohol use can either increase or decrease the inr in a given individual. Chronic alcohol use with liver damage interferes with the production of clotting factors and will cause a more profound rise of inr with a given dose of warfarin/coumadin or, with cirrhosis, raise the inr on no anticoagulant at all. ...Read more

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How does alcohol consumption affect gout?

How does alcohol consumption affect gout?

Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read more

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What affect does regular beer drinking have on potassium levels? Alcohol in general?

What affect does regular beer drinking have on potassium levels?  Alcohol in general?

Hyperaldosteronism: As long as you eat a balanced diet, it will have no effect. If you drink all of your calories in beer and do not eat, your potassium level will fall since the calories in the beer require potassium to be utilized. It doesn't matter what the alcohol is. If you eat properly, the potassium will remain normal. Need to make sure a low potassium in you with hypertension isn't hyperaldosteronism. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol affect pilonidal cyst?

Does drinking alcohol affect pilonidal cyst?

No: Doing a literature search revealed no connection between the two. Most of the info was related to how the cyst develops and the need for aggessive management so it does not become a chronic problem. Good luck to a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

See below: As far as I know, no types of drinks affect the lungs unless you aspirate. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more