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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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How long before I can drink alcohol after taking azithromycin?

Not a good idea: Finish the course of medication before drinking again. Mixing alcohol with any medication is generally not a good idea for a variety of reasons. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol after taking azithromycin?

Can I drink alcohol after taking azithromycin?

Generally No: Alchohol and most medications tax you liver and it is best to avoid alcohol consumption especially for short-term medication use. You doctor or pharmacist might give you a different answer but you will probably feel better quicker by avoiding alcohol until you complete the azythromycin. ...Read more

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How long to wait to drink alcohol after taking azithromycin for std?

How long to wait to drink alcohol after taking azithromycin for std?

STDs: Interactions between Metronidazole and alcohol exist. Some of these interactions may be severe and some potentially dangerous. Pharmacists will warn patients to avoid using alcohol while using the medication and for three days after the last dose of the medication has been used. According to the literature, there are severe side effects that include nausea, vomiting, flushing, etc. ...Read more

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I took azithromycin (4 250mg pills in one day) yesterday. Can I begin to start drinking alcohol now? Or will it slow down the curing process?

I took azithromycin (4 250mg pills in one day) yesterday. Can I begin to start drinking alcohol now? Or will it slow down the curing process?

What kind infection?: Taking a lot of Azithromycin at one time sounds like treatment for a sexually transmitted illness. I wonder whether drinking was part of what put you into the position of having unsafe sex, if that is what happened. If not, I am still concerned when someone asks how soon they can drink after medication X or surgery Y, as to whether there is an alcohol problem. There are drug interactions as well. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol after taking zithromax safe?

Is drinking alcohol after taking zithromax safe?

Not recommended: Using zithromax together with alcohol can stress your liver significantly, even (rarely) to the point of liver failure. If you have liver disease, are taking any other medications that the liver metabolizes, you are especially susceptible. Alcohol is a toxin and strain on the liver -- and can cause serious problems. Don't risk hurting yourself! Good health! ...Read more

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What happens if I drink alcohol while taking azithromycin?

What happens if I drink alcohol while taking azithromycin?

You get drunk: You can drink alcohol when on zithromax but do it in moderation. If you have a significant infection I would advise abstaining until it has resolved. ...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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Can I drink alcohol while on azithromycin?

Shouldn't drink ETOH: Alcohol will inactivate most antibiotics and render them useless in fighting whatever the infection is that you are being treated for....best advice is to wait until you've completed the course of treatment and gotten the all clear from your doctor that the infection is gone. More questions? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR if you'd like to set up an appointment for a consult. ...Read more

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I'm on my third day of azithromycin is it okay to drink alcohol?

I'm on my third day of azithromycin is it okay to drink alcohol?

Yes & no: Alcohol does not adversely affect effectiveness of Azythromycin. Temporary liver damage, however, has been noted in some people. Also, alcohol consumption interferes with your body's ability to heal itself. ...Read more

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I took azithromycin 2 pills 1000mg 9 days ago. Is it safe to drink alcohol?

I took azithromycin 2 pills 1000mg 9 days ago. Is it safe to drink alcohol?

Sure, no problem: There is no problem mixing azithromycin with alcohol. You could have taken the pills with beer or wine; it would not harm you and would not interfere with effectivenss of treatment of your infection. ...Read more

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If I took azithromycin (4 pills at the one time) would I be able to drink alcohol the next day?

Yes: Although both may be handled by the liver, unless you have serious underlying liver disease this is not likely to bother you. You may get some increase in azithro side-effects with alcohol. This drug stays in your body for some time, but these are seldom particularly bothersome. Why don't you be safe and wait a few days. If you cannot, you may have an abuse issue. ...Read more

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Finished my azithromycin of 250 mg five days ago I had to take 2 the first day and and one tablet for 4 days after is it safe to drink alcohol now?

Finished my azithromycin of 250 mg five days ago I had to take 2 the first day and and one tablet for 4 days after is it safe to drink alcohol now?

Yes, it is safe: Azithromycin and alcohol have no known interactions when taken together, so you need not be concerned about any ill effects. It’s never a bad idea to drink in moderation to give your body a chance to heal and recover quickly from any infection. If you feel like you’re over the hump, by all means, proceed judiciously! ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking zithromax?

Not a good idea: Mixing alcohol with any medication is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol with zithromax?

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 zithromax 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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I took a four pill pack of zithromax on sunday. I'm having a birthday party on saturday, is it ok for me to drink alcohol? Just want to make sure it won't have a counter effect to medicine or harm me.

By: By the date of this post your party has passed. For the future or for anyone reading this, in a situation like this if you drink while taking zithromax or any antibiotic for that matter it will not interfere with the effectiveness of the antibiotic. The only issue you may encounter is GI (stomach) issues, which are common with alcohol and also with antibiotics. When combined this could cause more stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. Lastly, consider if you are on antibiotics then you were dealing with an illness or getting over something and drinking while sick is probably not the best idea.
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Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Azythromycin (Definition)

Azythromycin is a macrolide which is a kind of anti-bacterial ...Read more