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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?

Dr. Aaron Ament
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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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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


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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How much time after taking antibiotics can I drink alcohol?

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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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Can anything happen if you drink alcohol the day before you start taking antibiotics?

Dr. Michael Ein
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Can anything happen if you drink alcohol the day before you start taking antibiotics?

No: The alcohol will be all metabolized out of your body if your last drink was a day earlier. ...Read more

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

Dr. Michael Ein
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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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Dr. Michael Ein
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Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Dr. Michael Ein
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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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Aaron Stupple
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Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? What is the main reason?

Aaron Stupple
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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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Dr. Abraham Morse
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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?

Dr. Abraham Morse
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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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hi.. Can you please tell me how long augmentin antibiotic stay in your system after the last does? When is it safe to drink alcohol after last dose??

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hi.. Can you please tell me how long augmentin antibiotic stay in your system after the last does? When is it safe to drink alcohol after last dose??

Out in 1-2 days: Augmentin does not stay in the body for more than 24-48 hours. There is no serious interaction with alcohol after 2-3 days of stopping use of this antibiotic. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol when I took an antibiotic on Tuesday of this week?

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol when I took an antibiotic on Tuesday of this week?

If you: completed antibiotics 4 days ago drinking alcohol today should not affect the antibiotics. However it is better not to drink untill the condition that lead to the antibiotics has resolved ...Read more

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Dr. Diane Minich
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Can you drink alcohol after taking antibiotic for clahmydia?

Dr. Diane Minich
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Not recommended: Alcohol can decrease the absorbtion and efficacy of the antibiotic. ...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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