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Can you drink alcohol while taking vancomycin?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 17, 2023.

I just started using injection. I have been using them twice a day for 3 weeks.

Official answer


Alcohol will not diminish the effectiveness of Vancomycin.

However alcohol can cause similar side effects, such as stomach upset, dizziness and drowsiness and when you combine the two these side effects may increase. Alcohol can also reduce your energy and delay how quickly you recover from illness.

It may be best to avoid alcohol until you have finished your antibiotics and are feeling better.

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