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Can I drink alcohol while taking Zithromax?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on Aug 15, 2023.

Official answer


There are no documented interactions between Zithromax and alcohol so you could drink a small amount of alcohol (one or two glasses) if you wanted to. But drinking larger quantities of alcohol is not recommended generally while you are fighting an infection because it may hinder the body’s ability to fight the infection, lead to dehydration, and interrupt sleep. Drinking large quantities of alcohol while taking Zithromax may also worsen common side effects of Zithromax such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, flatulence, fatigue, and headache.

Zithromax is an antibiotic that may be used to treat infections caused by susceptible bacteria such as Mycobacterium avium, M. intracellulare, and Chlamydia trachomatis.

  • Zithromax (azithromycin dihydrate) Updated 04/2020. Pfizer Laboratories Div Pfizer Inc

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