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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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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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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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Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Yes, in moderation: Contrary to popular beliefs, almost no antibiotics interact with alcohol. Heavy alcohol impairs the immune system's ability to fight infection, but alcohol in moderation makes no difference. Just don't overdo it. ...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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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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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 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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Is it safe to have one glass of alcohol while we are taking antibiotics?

Is it safe to have one glass of alcohol while we are taking antibiotics?

Not worth it: Without knowing what antibiotic you are on and what for, I would recommend that you refrain from alcohol consumption while you are on antibiotics. Depending on how the specific antibiotic is metabolized, the alcohol may either increase or decrease the amount of the antibiotic in your system. Please wait until your antibiotic course is over before starting to drink alcohol again. ...Read more

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Can anything happen if you drink alcohol the day before you start taking antibiotics?

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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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