Can You Take Zithromax and Drink Alcohol?

“Can I take Zithromax and alcohol together?”  One of the most common questions I get asked is whether it is OK to drink alcohol while on antibiotics.  I’m not really sure why so many people are really concerned about whether it is OK to drink alcohol while taking most antibiotics but there is a persistent concern among the general public that this is a big problem.  The short answer is that the risks of drinking alcohol while on Zithromax, as with most other antibiotics is pretty minimal.  With Zithromax the primary concern is that like other macrolide antibiotics Zithromax can cause upset stomach, dizziness and vomiting.  These same problems are common effects of alcohol, and so the additive effect of using the combination of Zithromax and alcohol may be increased.  There is little major concern.  The effectiveness of the antibiotic is not diminished, there are no major consequences of the combination in most patients, and overall the combination of Zithromax and alcohol is most often not a big concern.  You should not drink a lot of alcohol, i.e. get really drunk, while taking Zithromax, because it is better to get rest and take good care of yourself in order to give your body the things it needs to get well.  Overall chicken noodle soup is probably a better thing to take with your Zithromax than alcohol, but you’ll probably get well either way.


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5 Responses to Can You Take Zithromax and Drink Alcohol?

  1. I heard that they came up with this story back in one of the conflict wars, I think it was Vietnam … the soldiers or sailors kept getting gonorrhea. They would take the antibiotics, go out on the town, get drunk which would lead them back to the cause of the gonorrhea in the first place. So they started telling them that booze renders the antibiotics useless to try and stop getting them drunk and frisky!

  2. Dr. Pullen,thanks for the advice,alot of antibiotics you can’t even drink a little bit of alcohol or it wont work,who wants to be on this —- all over again cause u did take a drink,i have been on antibiotics from a UTI,then had to be on a different one because they gave me an infection,so take our advice don’t drink,it don’t work for everyone.

  3. Why wouldn’t people be concerned whether it is OK to drink while on antibiotics? If it possibly poses a threat to your health, then most would want to be informed.

  4. Thanks for the info. I knew you were right, but I still like to see it in print before taking the meds along with my hot toddy for my sore throat. Again, thanks for debunking the false info we all grew up with.

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