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More information about Azithromycin
Azithromycin is an antibiotic that effectively treats bacterial infections such as:
It works by killing or stopping the spread of bacteria. It stays in the system longer than other antibiotics, so the treatment course is shorter. However, it is just as effective.
Please note: This medicine is generally recommended as a second-line treatment if the first-line treatment Doxycycline has not worked.
If you have mycoplasma genitalium, a pack containing both Azithromycin and Doxycycline is the first line of treatment.
Azithromycin is a type of antibiotic called a macrolide. This means it stops the growth of bacteria. It does this by preventing the bacteria from making essential cells they need to reproduce. This eventually kills the bacteria causing the infection.
Azithromycin is available at HealthExpress as a 500mg dose. You can take tablets with or without food. Drink half a glass of water with each tablet.
How you will take it depends on the infection you have. Please follow your doctor's advice on when and how often to take it. It's also recommended you get retested two weeks after you finish your treatment to ensure the infection has cleared.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If you have missed a dose and it's already time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your course from the next scheduled dose.
You must complete the entire treatment course, even if you start to feel better. Finishing a course of antibiotics too soon can cause the infection to come back and become harder to treat.
If you find this medication does not clear your infection, please visit your doctor. They may wish to prescribe a different course of treatment and investigate your condition further.
For the treatment of mycoplasma genitalium, you must take both Azithromycin and Doxycycline.
However, you do not take both antibiotics on the same days. The course begins with 7 days of Doxycycline, followed by 3 days of Azithromycin.
Take the tablets with water and wait 12 hours between doses.
Just like all medications, Azithromycin can cause some side effects. However, not everyone will experience these side effects and they will vary in severity.
Usually, any reactions are mild and disappear on their own during the continuation of the treatment.
Some of the most common side effects include:
Stop taking this medication and speak to your doctor if you experience an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include skin rashes, swelling of the throat, face and mouth, and difficulty breathing.
If you experience persistent or worrying side effects, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
When taking Azithromycin, avoid alcohol. The combination of the two can increase the likelihood of adverse effects. This medication can also cause dizziness. Wait to see how it affects you before driving or operating machinery.
You should also be cautious if you have any preexisting medical conditions. Check with your doctor before taking it if you have:
This medicine may react with other medicines you already take. If you take any of the following, tell your doctor:
Ensure you read the patient information leaflet for a list of all the precautions. If you're not sure, ask your healthcare provider.
You can buy Azithromycin safely online at HealthExpress to treat chlamydia and other bacterial infections.
All you have to do is complete a quick online medical questionnaire. Once completed, one of our online UK-registered doctors will review it to ensure the treatment is safe for you to take. Then, your order will be delivered to your address in discreet packaging with free next-day delivery.
|Description||Azithromycin is an antibiotic used in the treatment of genital infections like chlamydia and ureaplasma (when combined with cefixime)|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Application||Men and women over 18 with a bacterial infection|
|Usage||Take 2 tablets together as a single dose|
|Drug class||Macrolide antibiotics|
|Alcohol consumption||No influence|
|When breastfeeding||Side effects not expected, however ask your doctor|
|When pregnant||Not expected, however ask your doctor|
Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.
Azithromycin works quickly to treat chlamydia. In most cases, it will start working within a few days. However, it may take up to a week for the infection to completely clear. Even if you start to feel better, you must always take the entire treatment course.
For chlamydia, take one 500mg tablet once a day for five days. After five days, you can reduce the dose to one 250mg tablet once a day for four days.
Although you can drink alcohol while taking Azithromycin, it may increase your chance of experiencing side effects. It is best to do not to drink alcohol if possible.
Azithromycin is a drug that can help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria in the lungs of people with COPD. It will help to reduce the number of attacks you have. The drug is not available on HealthExpress for this purpose, however.
Yes, research has found Azithromycin to be an effective acne treatment. However, you should consult your doctor for more information.
Yes, Azithromycin can be used to treat a UTI. However, it is much less common. Antibiotics such as Nitrofurantoin and Trimethoprim are much more commonly used.
No, there is not enough information about the effects of Azithromycin on pregnant women to say that it is safe for them to take. Traces of Azithromycin have been found in breast milk, so breastfeeding women should not take it either. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have an STI, speak to your doctor or midwife.
Azithromycin is bacteriostatic, meaning it prevents the growth of bacteria.
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