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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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