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Antibiotics and Pregnancy: What’s Safe?

Is it safe to take antibiotics during pregnancy? Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed during pregnancy. The specific medication must be chosen carefully, however. Some antibiotics are OK to take during pregnancy, while others are not. Safety depends on various factors, including the type of antibiotic, when in your pregnancy you […]

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Antibiotics and Alcohol

What are the effects of drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics? Answer From James M. Steckelberg, M.D. Antibiotics and alcohol can cause similar side effects, such as stomach upset, dizziness, and drowsiness. Combining antibiotics and alcohol can increase these side effects. A few antibiotics—such as metronidazole (Flagyl), tinidazole (Tindamax), and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)—should not be mixed […]