Important Facts About Azithromycin
Most frequent questions and answers about Azithromycin for chlamydia treatment
Azithromycin is commonly used for treating chlamydia, but can also be used for a variety of other bacterial infections, including:
- Chest, throat or nasal infections
- Ear infections
- Skin and soft tissue infections
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken any other medication. Below is a list of medications that may interfere with Azithromycin:
• Antacids – Should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after the antacid
• Ergotamine – Should not be taken at the same time as serious side effects may develop
• Cholesterol lowering medicines (statins)
• Warfarin or similar medicines – Used to thin the blood. Azithromycin can thin the blood even more
• Cisapride – Should not be taken at the same time as this may cause severe heart problems
• Terfenadine – Should not be taken at the same time as this may cause severe heart problems
• Zidovudine or Nelfinavir – Used to treat HIV infections. Taking nelfinavir with Azithromycin may induce side-effects
• Rifabutin – Used to treat tuberculosis (TB)
• Quinidine – Used to treat heart rhythm problems
• Cyclosporin – Your doctor may change your dose:
• Alfentanil – A painkiller, use with Azithromycin may make the effects stronger
• Theophylline – Use with Azithromycin may make the effects stronger
• Digoxin – Used to treat heart problems, use with Azithromycin may make the effects stronger
• Astemizol – Used to treat hay fever, use with Azithromycin may make the effects stronger
• Pimozide – Used to treat mental health problems, use with Azithromycin may make the effects stronger
As with any form of medication, Azithromycin treatment has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Azithromycin. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Azithromycin:
• Abdominal pain
• Feeling sick (nausea)
• Loose wind (flatulence).
• Lack of appetite (anorexia)
• Feeling dizzy
• Sensation of pins and needles or numbness (paraesthesia)
• Changes in your sense of taste
• Visual impairment
• Being sick (vomiting), stomach pain or cramps, loss of appetite, problems digesting your food
• Skin rashes and itching
• Joint pain (arthralgia)
• Change in the quantity of the white blood cells and the concentration of bicarbonate in the blood.
For the full list of possible side effects, please read through the Patient Information Leaflet of Azithromycin.
Currently there is insufficient information about the use of Azithromycin during pregnancy.
It is therefore advised that you shouldn’t use Azithromycin during pregnancy, unless advised by your doctor.
Azithromycin is partially passed through the mothers milk.
It is not known whether azithromycin has an impact on breast-fed infants. Therefore, whilst taking Azithromycin you should not breast-feed. It is recommended to discard the milk during treatment and up until 2 days after treatment.
Always take Azithromycin exactly as your doctor and pharmacist has prescribed.
Azithromycin tablets can be taken with or without food, and it is suggested to take it with half a glass of water.
The normal dosage for chlamydia treatment is 1000mg all in one go, then 500mg daily for two days. The entire course is 3 days long.
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Azithromycin used for chlamydia treatment is given in a one time dose of 1000mg. (for example 4 tablets of 250mg) You should take these all at once and this will be sufficient to get rid of chlamydia infection.
At e-Surgery, we offer a single dose option, allowing you to get Azithromycin online and take in a simple one time dose.
If you have a treatment course, never stop the Azithromycin treatment by yourself. Always consult a doctor first.
Prematurely stopping an Azithromycin treatment course can cause bacteria resistance and your infection may come back again.
Keep Azithromycin tablets out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Azithromycin after the expiry date which is stated on the Aztiromycin package after EXP.
Store Azithromycin tablets below 25°C, and in the original packaging to protect from moisture.
Do not throw away any Azithromycin via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.