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Can I drink wine while taking Cephalexin 500 MG?

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Can I drink wine while taking Cephalexin 500 MG antibiotics?

Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. W replied 8 years ago.

In general, alcohol will decrease the effectiveness of many antibiotics, as well as cause serious interactions.

Cephalexin comes from a category of medications called cephalosporins. Using alcohol and these cephalosporins together may cause abdominal or stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness or light-headedness, shortness of breath, sweating, or facial flushing. This reaction usually begins within 15 to 30 minutes after alcohol is consumed and usually goes away over several hours.

It cannot be predicted if this reaction will happen to you specifically, but it is a possibility.

Thanks for reading! Hope this answer is satisfactory!

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