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Is It Alright To Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics
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
In small amounts: Paracetamol is another name for acetominophen, or tylenol (acetaminophen). If taken in amounts greater than 2 grams/day routinely, it can be toxic to the liver. Drinking alcohol heavily is toxic to the liver also, and results would be additive. You could drink a glass of wine with a meal, and safely take a dose of paracetamol the same day -- but do not use either in large quantities. ...Read more
Probably not ...: Probably not a good idea to take powerful antibiotics, fight off a bacterial infection and then add alcohol into the mix. Attached is an article from the Mayo Clinic regarding do's & dont's with Cipro. Hope that helps! http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/ciprofloxacin-oral-route/before-using/drg-20072288 ...Read more
Coffee and Zpak: Caffeine and azithromycin are not contraindicated when taking together. However, this can cause an irregular heart beat, decrease effectiveness of azithromycin and lower your own immune system to fight infection. It is a good idea to lower caffeine intake to less than 3 cups of coffee or equivalent caffeine a day while taking azithromycin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: With many antidepressants, having a drink on occasion is not going to cause problems. However regular or heavy drinking is not recommended. Also, certain antidepressants, such as maois, react with certain foods and drinks, one of which is red wine. For this reason, it is important to ask your doctor and/or pharmacist about any restrictions that may be involved in the particular med you're taking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Light drinking, generally less than 2 drinks per day, is allowed. However, moderate drinking causes irritability or excessive sleepiness, weak suckling in breast-fed infants, and decreases milk supply. Breast feeding should be avoided during and for 2-3 hours after moderate drinking. Chronic or heavy drinkers should not breastfeed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I think so.: Of course, like we always say, in moderation. If you drink enough to lose inhibitions to the other precautions, probably not good idea. ...Read more
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