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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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What will happen if i drink alcohol while on antibiotics?

What will happen if i drink alcohol while on antibiotics?

Etoh and antibiotics: It is not a good idea to take antibiotics and alcohol. Some of them including Flagyl can cause nausea and vomiting similar to antibuse- most unpleasant.. ...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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Can I drink alcohol when i am on antibiotics?

Can I drink alcohol when i am on antibiotics?

Yes you can, BUT: it always worries me when people find drinking so important that they need to ask this kind of a question. I would also wonder what kind of infection is being treated, and HOW MUCH ALCOHOL you are talking about. Alcohol decreases the activity of white blood cells that fight infection and make antibodies, and it is not the best thing to take when you are trying to cure an infection. Talk to doctor ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can drink alcohol while on mezavant?

Hi, do you think I can drink alcohol while on mezavant?

Is there another: spelling or name for Mezavant? if so - please provide and will check for drug interactions. ...Read more

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If I drink alcohol on my meds will I get sick?

If I drink alcohol on my meds will I get sick?

Alcohol with meds.: Alcohol can make you sick if in high amount on empty stomach, regardless of what meds. U took. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can drink alcohol while on Macrobid mono?

Hi, do you think I can drink alcohol while on Macrobid mono?

Would avoid: Alcohol and Macrobid are broken down by the same protein in the liver so the alcohol may cause the Macrobid not to work as well or even cause it to be too much in the system depending if u drink in short spurts or daily. ...Read more

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Do i really need to keep taking this antipsychotic if i'm feeling ok and have had bad side effects from it?

Do i really need to keep taking this antipsychotic if i'm feeling ok and have had bad side effects from it?

Antipsychotic: I would not advise stopping the medicine without consulting your doctor. Talk to your doctor about medications to combat the side-effects. ...Read more

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

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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I finished my antibiotics treatment yesterday and today i drank two beers.. Is that bad? I know not to drink alcohol when you are with antibiotics..

I finished my antibiotics treatment yesterday and today i drank two beers.. Is that bad? I know not to drink alcohol when you are with antibiotics..

Not recommended: While receiving medication treatment, physicians generally recommend staying away from alcohol since both get metabolized in the liver, the interactions can be unpredictable and at times harmful. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed topomax for migraines. Are you really not able to have any alcohol while being on this?

Just go easy: Some migraines are provoked by alcohol, especially red wine. If one of your adverse effects from topamax (topiramate) is sedation, the alcohol will make it far worse. So, this is a mixed bag, but i allow my patients to have one or two bottles of beer or glasses of white wine, if they are stable, so, give the drug a few weeks in therapy range and try a drink and see how it goes. ...Read more

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What's going to happen if I drink alcohol while on cefzil (cefprozil)?

What's going to happen if I drink alcohol while on cefzil (cefprozil)?

Drink how much and: on Cefzil (cefprozil) for what infection?? There are no specific interactions between cephalosporins (the class of penicillin-like antibiotics that includes Cefzil (cefprozil)), and having one or two social drinks on occasion will not likely cause harm. However, large amounts of regular drinking depress the immune system and make it harder for the body to fight infections, and also may cause higher risk of infection. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think it's bad to drink while on lithium?

Hi docs, do you think it's bad to drink while on lithium?

Yes, dangerous: Combining lithium & alcohol can have serious risks and may make the medication less effective. Lithium is typically prescribed for patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, though it may also be used in patients with depression who do not have manic episodes if their depression does not respond to antidepressants alone. The medication helps stabilize the moods & provides relief from symptoms. ...Read more

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I have seizures, and they hurt, but when i smoke pot everyday i seam not to have them, and when I do not I have them more i ve tried to find out for myself if it was just me or is there any answer to why I do not have seizures after smoking or taking th

I have seizures, and they hurt, but when i smoke pot  everyday i seam not to have them, and when I do not I have them more i ve tried  to find out for myself if it was just me or is there any answer to why I do not have seizures after smoking or taking th

Dont understand ?: I don't know what you mean by seizures. Convulsions cause unconsciousness and do not "hurt, " although afterwards you may feel sore muscles, and if you fall and hurt yourself you will feel whatever that may be. Your questions cannot be properly answered online, you need a doctor to take a full history, do an exam, and get specialized tests like an eeg, ct scan, blood tests and other things. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol while on antibiotics?

Depends: That depends on the antibiotic. In most cases it's ok, but people taking Metronidazole (flagyl) or tinidazole (tindamax) should wait until at least 48 hours after the last dose. ...Read more

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I have been feeling dizzy on and off for 4 days. I have drank more water and still feel this way. What can I do to make it stop?

I have been feeling dizzy on and off for 4 days. I have drank more water and still feel this way. What can I do to make it stop?

Dizzy: You have not provided any information for us to evaluate your concern, not even your age let alone any medical history. Are you 13, 33 or 73? we practice medicine not magic. If you don't provide information we cannot provide an informative response. ...Read more