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Dr. Aaron Ament
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Is it true that it's ok to drink alcohol one day after taking antibiotics?

Is it true that it's ok to drink alcohol one day after taking antibiotics?

HOW MUCH?: Are we talking about a beer or a case? A small amount of alcohol is probably not significant. Large amounts are a generally bad idea with or without medications. Be sure of the question you're asking. ...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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How much time after taking antibiotics can I drink alcohol?

How much time after taking antibiotics can I drink alcohol?

What kind infection?: Alcohol impairs the ability of the body to respond to infection, slowing down white blood cells and hurting their ability to eat up and kill germs. In addition, alcohol can reduce our immune response so that we don't make proper antibodies to germs. If you are talking 1-2 drinks per day, it wouldn't matter. If you are talking about more, DON'T. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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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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Could you tell me what happens if you drink alcohol the day before you start taking antibiotics?

Could you tell me what happens if you drink alcohol the day before you start taking antibiotics?

Nothing: Alcohol interacts with a few antibiotics such as Flagyl but can be taken while on most antibiotics if so desired. The alcohol will be entirely metabolized if your last drink was one day ago. ...Read more

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Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

You can: Alcohol interacts with afew antibiotics such as Flagyl but can be taken while on most antibiotics if so desired. The alcohol should only be drunk in moderation and if you have a significant infection you should abstain until the infection is better. ...Read more

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Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? What is the main reason?

Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? What is the main reason?

Possible reaction: Some common antibiotics, like metronidazol (flagyl), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazol (bactrim), and tinidazol (tindamax) can cause severe flushing, headache, nausea and vomiting, and elevated heart rate when combined with even a little alcohol. In general, the side effects of other antibiotics are similar to those of drinking, and might therefore be worsened by consuming alcohol. ...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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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 - 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 do you have to wait to consume alcohol after taking antibiotics?

Unnecessary: Although alcohol while in the blood stream may inhibit some functions of white blood cells, assuming the antibiotic you are receiving is one which is appropriate to the situation it should make no practical difference in the outcome of your infection. Now if you are otherwise immunocompromised that may be relevant. ...Read more

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