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Can I drink alcohol while taking clarithromycin?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 24, 2023.

Is there any problem with drinking alcohol (beer, wine, etc.) while taking this antibiotic?

Official answer


Yes, you can safely drink alcohol while taking clarithromycin. Alcohol will not reduce the effectiveness of your medicine.

However, generally, alcohol is best avoided while you are receiving treatment for an infection.
Alcohol can reduce your energy and delay how quickly you recover from illness. It is best avoided until you have finished your antibiotics and are feeling better.

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