Can I drink alcohol while taking Penicillin VK?


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The Mayo Clinic advises that alcohol should generally be avoided while taking antibiotics such as Penicillin VK. While it is a myth that alcohol makes antibiotics less effective, alcohol can increase the severity of the side effects associated with antibiotics, such as stomach upset and dizziness.

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The Mayo Clinic adds that while drinking alcohol while taking penicillin can cause unpleasant side effects, it is more dangerous to mix alcohol with certain other types of antibiotics, such as Flagyl, Tindamax and Bactrim. Taking alcohol with antibiotics can also contribute to a longer recovery time from the original illness, so it is best for patients to abstain from drinking while on a course of any antibiotic.

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