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Is it true that drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics would negate their effects?

Is it true that drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics would negate their effects?

No: Alcohol can cause drug interactions with some antibiotics such as Flagyl but it does not interfere with the antibacterial effects of antibiotics. ...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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Effects of smoking/drinking while taking antibiotics?

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Effects of smoking/drinking while taking antibiotics?

Depends: It depends on the antibiotic; for instance, Metronidazole has a horrible interaction with alcohol. Smoking and drinking in general are not good ideas, especially when infected. ...Read more

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Can I drink alchohol a few days after taking antibiotics? Not drinking to wash it down drinking alchohol after taking antibiotics a few days prior

Can I drink alchohol a few days after taking antibiotics? Not drinking to wash it down drinking alchohol after taking antibiotics a few days prior

Depends: Depends on the antibiotic and how much time has passed between your last dose and when you plan on drinking. If it has been a few days like you said, then it is most likely not a problem. If you are still taking the antibiotic, caution must be used with certain types. Some antibiotics such as Metronidazole (flagyl) or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim) can give a more severe reaction when mixed with alcohol leading to flushing, dizziness, fast heart beat, nausea and vomiting. Other antibiotics, such as doxycycline, are metabolized by the liver and may not be as effective when mixed with alcohol. Most other antibiotics are safe. If you have any specific questions about the antibiotic you are on, give your doctor a call. ...Read more

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What is wrong with drinking caffeine while taking antibiotics?

What is wrong with drinking caffeine while taking antibiotics?

Not much.: Some antibiotics may slow down clearance of caffeine from your body, but that means you drink coffee less often, not give it up completely. ...Read more

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Are there side effects to drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Are there side effects to drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Ask your doctor: Usually, healthcare providers recommend avoiding alcohol while on antibiotics medication. However, there is no clear evidence of harm from modest alcohol intake, always ask your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics deter their effectiveness? Or will it make you more drowsy/nauseous. Metronidazole and doxycycline

Will drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics deter their effectiveness? Or will it make you more drowsy/nauseous. Metronidazole and doxycycline

Severe vomiting: Like trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, Metronidazole and alcohol can cause a Disulfiram -like reaction similar the drug, Antabuse (disulfiram) - resulting in violent vomiting. Doxycycline in itself, can cause severe nausea and vomiting. As a result, you will not likely keep you medication down - which ultimately restricts the effectiveness of the vomited antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

Often within 60 days: Most cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 2 weeks of taking antibiotics. Almost all (90%) of cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 60 days of taking antibiotics. However, a few cases may occur up to 3 months or longer after antibiotics. Other risk factors for developing c. Diff colitis include: age >65; hospitalization, chemotherapy, GI surgery & procedures, HIV & use of proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics can you get a rash?

1st or 2nd dose: If you have had a treatment with the antibiotic at least once in the past, then an allergic reaction would usually happen on the first or second oral dose, the next time you take it. However, the rash can show up anytime. You can also get a rash from the germ being killed by the antibiotic or from a viral infection that you might have while taking the medication. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics will the diarrhea end?

How long after taking antibiotics will the diarrhea end?

Depends: Sometimes the antibiotics cause another infection called c.Diff. This can be tested for by stool testing. In this case the diarrhea may persist after finishing your course

many antibiotics also kill off the good flora in the intestine causing diarrhea, but usually the bacteria should grow back in 48-72 hours. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics does shingles start to heal?

Shingles: Antibiotics will not help. Shingles is caused by a virus. With Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) the lesions can start to crust in 5 - 7 days. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics (ciprofolxacin) I can try to get pregnant?

TTC: There is nothing about being on antibiotics and attempting to get pregnant. There is no connection or advisory. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics will the UTI go away? I only had to take 10 pills (2 a day)

How long after taking antibiotics will the UTI go away? I only had to take 10 pills (2 a day)

UTI: The symptoms of UTI such as frequency & urgency should go away with in the first couple of doses if you were given the correct antibiotic. Assuming you had urine test & a culture done & you were not just treated empirically.
Some times yeast infec can mimic a UTI.
if still having symptoms see your doc again for a repeat urine test & maybe an internal exam looking for Vag infec
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How long after taking antibiotics for pinkeye can I wear contact lenses again?

How long after taking antibiotics for pinkeye can I wear contact lenses again?

2-3 weeks: Usually pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is a self limited infection that clears up in 2-3 weeks. Most medications are supportive and are used during the period of a few weeks. It is considered most infections for the first week. Only resume contacts once the pink eye has cleared and the eye is back to normal. Also use a new set of contacts and a new case. ...Read more

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I have gonorrhea I want to know how long how long after taking antibiotics am I contag?

I have gonorrhea I want to know how long how long after taking antibiotics am I contag?

7 Days: Wait 7days after finishing all medications before having sex again (all forms of sex). Make sure you were tested for all STDs and treated. Make sure your partner was treated. Go back 60 days and contact all of your former partners and make sure they are tested and treated.
Contact your doctor and or clinic for guidelines on getting retested to make sure infection clear. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics should one take probiotics, and what number billion bacteria count is suggested?

How long after taking antibiotics should one take probiotics, and what number billion bacteria count is suggested?

No one knows but...: No one can answer with certainty but an analysis of 63 research studies show an impressive 42% reduction in diarrhea secondary to antibiotics, a very common problem. However, these studies used different strains & doses. I advise taking mixed strains with at least 10 billion microbes for a month after antibiotics; take during treatment too, when sacchromyces boulardii is esp. Helpful. See comment:. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics for chlamydia will the result still say positive even after being treated? When should I test?

How long after taking antibiotics for chlamydia will the result still say positive even after being treated? When should I test?

Wait 2 weeks: Most antibiotic treatments for Chlamydia take 7 to 10 days. After 2 weeks post Rx, the Chlamydia test should revert to negative as long as you were not re-exposed to the non treated Chlamydial giving sexual partner. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics does it take for your birth control to be effective again. Ik most vBulletin don't effect bc but I'm being safe?

Next package: To be completely safe, continue your pills and rely on them after the second week of the next package after you finish the antibiotics. As you know, this is probably being excessively cautious but it is a good idea to be using condoms any way to decrease the risk of STDs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics when should I start a yeast infection medicine?

How long after taking antibiotics when should I start a yeast infection medicine?

It depends: Usually, you should not start a medication for yeast unless you develop symptoms (vaginal itching or irritation, thick white discharge). Occasionally, patients who have frequent yeast infections are instructed by their physicians to automatically use yeast medication as a preventive measure. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics should I start taking a yeast infection medicine?

How long after taking antibiotics should I start taking a yeast infection medicine?

Prevent it: If you are not having yeast infection symptoms do not take a medicine for it. It you know you get them after antibiotics prevent them. Take probiotics while you take antibiotics (separate by several hours or antibiotic kills probiotics) and for a month afterwards. Eat more alkaline foods like cucumbers, avocado, and celery as it helps prevent infections on general. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics does it take for birth control pills to be completely effective again?

How long after taking antibiotics does it take for birth control pills to be completely effective again?

A few days: This is not as common as people fear. If you are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting wile taking your antibiotics then this could effect the absorption of your birth control. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics should my swollen glands start to go down?

Variable: If the lymph nodes are enlarged due to bacterial infection being treated with appropriate antibiotics the nodes may reduce in size fairly rapidly. If they are due to viral illness being treated inappropriately they may stay large for some time. There is also great variability person to person. Good luck, and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Help please? How long after taking antibiotics with birth control is it safe to have sex?

Help please? How long after taking antibiotics with birth control is it safe to have sex?

Antibiotics and OCPs: Potential interaction between ocp's and antibiotics is overstated. Only known issue is with rifampin, an antibiotic generally used only for treatment of tb. Some concern exists for penicillin antibiotics, but risk of ocp failure is believed to be low. For your own peace of mind, however, consider using condoms and/or some other method until you have finished antibiotics and are on next pack. ...Read more

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Breast cellulitus, how long after taking antibiotics does soreness and redness go away?

At least 24 hours: Usually patients see improvement in their symptoms 1-2 days after initating the antibiotics. If you don't see any improvement or feel worse, see your physician to ensure you don't have an abscess that needs to be drained. ...Read more

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What are the effects of taking antibiotics too many for long time?

Resistance: If you take antibiotics for too long a period, you greatly increase the risk that you will develop a resistance to the drug. This means, that the medication will not work against certain infections. Additionally, you increase the chance of liver problems, as these drugs are broken down by the liver. Hope this helps! Keep smiling! ...Read more

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What are the effects of taking antibiotics for too long after you are better?

What are the effects of taking antibiotics for too long after you are better?

Depends...: On what you mean. May feel better after a day or 2 of antibiotic rx for a bacterial infection, but need to continue the course to prevent relapse, and resistant organism. Continuing beyond appropriate duration can increase risk for c difficile infection (can occur even after short course), don't get additional improvement, may alter flora, and make for resistant germs. ...Read more

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How long should I see improvement of cellulites if I started taking antibiotics for 2 days?

How long should I see improvement of cellulites if I started taking antibiotics for 2 days?

Now: There shoul be some improvement within two days. If the area of redness has not diminished or has increased, a doctor should be for evaluation. It may be that the infection is resistant to that particular antibiotic. ...Read more