Important Facts About Azithromycin
Most frequent questions and answers about Azithromycin for chlamydia treatment
Azithromycin is a form of antibiotic medication, which is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It is commonly used as a form of chlamydia treatment, as it is extremely effective at eliminating the bacteria associated with Chlamydia infection.
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
You can find out more about Chlamydia HERE. It is important to note that Chlamydia symptoms in men may differ from Chlamydia symptoms in women.
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 is used for chlamydia treatment. It previously was taken as a single dose of 1000mg (for example 4 x 250mg tablets or 2x 500mg tablets. Due to the infection becoming resistant to treatment, Azithromycin must now be taken as a 3 day course.
If you miss a tablet by less than 12 hours of when you were due to take it, then you can simple take the tablet. If you have missed a dose by more than 12 hours, get in touch with our Ask A Pharmacist service.
Prematurely stopping an Azithromycin treatment course can cause bacteria resistance and your infection may come back again.
At e-Surgery, we issue a 3 day course of Azithromycin. On day one, you need to take take 1000mg on day one (2 x 500mg tablets). On day two, you need to take 500mg (1 x 500mg tablet). On day three, you need to take 500mg (1 x 500mg tablet).
If you have a treatment course and are concerned about side effects, stop the medication and contact our Ask A Pharmacist service or speak to your usual GP.
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.