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Azithromycin Overview

Azithromycin is a type of antibiotic that’s used to treat bacterial infections, from sexually transmitted diseases to skin infections and respiratory infections.

Brand Names: Zithromax, Azithromycin Actavis, Azyter, Clamelle, Zedbac, Zithromax, Azithromycin Sandoz.

Used for: Throat infections, Ear infections, Respiratory infections, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Skin infections, Intestinal infections, Bacterial infections of the heart

Availability: Prescription.

Dosage:500mg - 2.5g Depending on ccondition

Pregnancy: Catagory B No proven risk

Side effects: Diarrhoea, Feelings of nausea, Flatulence, Stomach ache or cramps, Loss of appetite, Watery stools, Skin rashes, High temperature, Swelling

Warnings: Avoid alcohol as combining azithromycin and alcohol can cause temporary liver damage.

Notes: Azithromycin can have harmful interactions with a range of substances - see a doctor before using.

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Like several other types of antibiotics, it works by interfering with the growth of bacterial cells by disrupting the way they synthesise protein.

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Our GPs can discuss your symptoms and medical history and if needed, prescribe antibiotics like azithromycin to help tackle your infection quickly and safely.

How To Take Azithromycin

Azithromycin is taken orally (through the mouth), either in tablet or capsule form and is usually prescribed as a single daily dose that can be taken with or without food.

If you’ve missed a dose of the medication, it’s important not to ‘double up’ on your next dose. Simply take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearing the scheduled time for your next dose, in which case you should just take this as normal, skipping the forgotten dose.

What can azithromycin be used to treat?

Azithromycin has a huge range of applications, with just some of the conditions it can be used to treat including:

What are the side effects of azithromycin?

Azithromycin can have a variety of side effects, although some are much more common than others. Some of the most typical include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach ache or cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Watery stools
  • Skin rashes
  • High temperature
  • Swelling

However, in some rare cases, those using azithromycin might also experience:

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Things To Avoid

Azithromycin can have harmful interactions with a range of substances, including:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Certain antifungal medications
  • Quinine
  • Methadone
  • Lithium
  • Sulfamethoxazole
  • Indapamide
  • Vilanterol

These have the potential to limit the drug’s effectiveness and even cause serious health problems, so it’s vital to let your doctor know of any other medications you’re taking.

Alcohol and Cetirizine

While alcohol won’t interfere with the effectiveness of the medication, combining azithromycin and alcohol can cause temporary liver damage, raising the chances of unpleasant side effects occurring.

Drinking alcohol when ill can also make you feel worse, or mean you’ll take longer to recover, so it’s generally recommended to avoid this until you’re feeling better again.

Is It Safe To Take Azithromycin During Pregnancy?

Studies have found no dangers to mothers or babies, during maternity or breastfeeding and since bad reactions to low doses are quite rare, it’s often prescribed for issues like chlamydia that are affecting pregnant women.

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