Can You Drink Milk With Amoxicillin?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not milk is safe to drink with amoxicillin.


I have found that milk helps settle my stomach a lot of the time. I was prescribed amoxicillin and I think milk will help reduce any stomach side effects. Can I drink milk with amoxicillin?

Asked by Rudolf On Nov 01, 2022

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Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Nov 01, 2022
Last updated Jun 03, 2023

Key points

  • There is no known interaction between milk (or other dairy products) and amoxicillin.
  • It is important to be aware that some antibiotics should not be taken with milk. Always ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.


Milk, as well as other dairy products, are perfectly safe to consume with amoxicillin. There are no interactions to be concerned about.

This is not the case, however, with all antibiotics as there are several that you should not combine with milk/dairy.

Antibiotics - Dairy Interaction

As mentioned, while amoxicillin is safe with milk and other dairy products, there are antibiotics that you need to avoid the combination with. This includes:

  • Doxycycline
  • Tetracycline
  • Levofloxacin
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Minocycline

The interaction between these antibiotics and milk is due to the fact that the calcium in dairy products can bind to the antibiotic, reducing absorption, which could make the antibiotic less effective.

In fact, studies show that combining tetracycline antibiotics with calcium-containing products can reduce the absorption of the antibiotic by more than 50%.

If you are taking an antibiotic that interacts with dairy, you should separate their administration by at least a few hours. Recommendations vary on exactly how long to separate them, but generally, it is reported that you should not take dairy products at least 2 hours before, or 4 hours after, your antibiotics.

Final Words

So, while you can feel safe combining amoxicillin with milk, just be aware this is not a blanket recommendation for all antibiotics.

Additional Information

If you are looking for additional information on amoxicillin, you can find more information on our drug detail pages:


  • Clinically significant drug interactions with antacids: an update, PubMed
  • Effect of cimetidine and antacids on gastrointestinal absorption of tetracycline, PubMed
  • Comparison of in vitro activity and clinical pharmacology of doxycycline with other tetracyclines, PubMed

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