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Is it OK to drink alcohol when you are taking an antibiotic?

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Since alcohol is itself a drug, alcohol consumption should be avoided entirely when taking any medications, including antibiotics. You should avoid alcohol whether the prescription you're taking is prescription or over the counter.

Certain antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs can interact with alcohol and make you very sick. It therefore is recommended to avoid alcohol consumption while on antibiotic therapy.

To be on the safe side, however, always check with your doctor or pharmacist regarding specific drug interaction concerns.

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