AZITHROMYCIN: Uses, Dosage, Side effects, Composition & more - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT AZITHROMYCIN
AZITHROMYCIN is a macrolide antibiotic. AZITHROMYCIN used in treatment of acute bacterial sinusitis, acute bacterial otitis media, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, mild to moderately severe community acquired pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections, uncomplicated Chlamydia trachomatis urethritis and cervicitis.
• Stomach upset
• Stomach pain
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR AZITHROMYCIN
• AZITHROMYCIN may be taken with food. AZITHROMYCIN should be given in a single daily dose. AZITHROMYCIN tastes bitter, this taste can be avoided by drinking fruit juice directly after taking AZITHROMYCIN.
• Avoid heavy meals, dairy and milk products as you may experience stomach upset with AZITHROMYCIN. Take light, and non-spicy meals.
• AZITHROMYCIN may not be suitable for treatment of severe infections where a high concentration of the antibiotic in the blood is rapidly needed.
• Complete the full course of antibiotic and do not leave it in the mid-way despite symptomatic relief.
• Keep your doctor informed if you are taking any other medication along with AZITHROMYCIN.
• Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if you are experiencing sudden onset of rashes or swelling in the face, lips, mouth, throat or entire body.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q) How is AZITHROMYCIN helpful?
A) AZITHROMYCIN helps by fighting an array of bacterial infections and prevents bacteria from growing. It acts by interfering with the bacterial protein synthesis and treats otitis media, laryngitis, bronchitis, community acquired pneumonia, traveller’s diarrhoea, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, genital ulcers, and severe pelvic inflammatory diseases.
Q) Is AZITHROMYCIN safe to take for a long time?
A) No, you are strongly recommended to take AZITHROMYCIN in prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor/pharmacist. Taking AZITHROMYCIN unnecessarily for a long time may make you prone to very serious fungal and bacterial infections that are difficult to treat.
Q) Does AZITHROMYCIN cause irregular heart rhythm?
A) Yes, AZITHROMYCIN can cause irregular heartbeats. You are advised to speak with your doctor before taking AZITHROMYCIN if you have or ever had any underlying heart conditions like arrhythmias (improper beating of the heart, whether irregular, too fast or too slow). Since AZITHROMYCIN might cause change in the electrical activity of the heart thereby worsening your condition.
Q) Can AZITHROMYCIN be used for malaria?
A) There have been several studies conducted for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria with AZITHROMYCIN as a potential antimalarial agent. There are studies even during pregnancy with AZITHROMYCIN and chloroquine, in fact the combination of azithromycin and chloroquine was found to be effective for treating malaria in adults too. However, there is no official confirmation of azithromycin-chloroquine adoption for use in intermittent preventive treatment of malaria. Consult a doctor before taking it and do not self-medicate.
Q) Does AZITHROMYCIN cure flu?
A) No, antibiotics such as AZITHROMYCIN will not work for the treatment of flu or other viral infections. Using antibiotics when they are not needed may increase your risk of getting infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Q) For what kind of sexually transmitted diseases can AZITHROMYCIN be used for?
A) AZITHROMYCIN is mainly used to treat gonorrhoea, gonococcal and chlamydial urethritis sexually transmitted diseases.
Q) Does AZITHROMYCIN help in treating urinary tract infections?
A) Yes, when prescribed by your doctor AZITHROMYCIN is helpful in treating some sexually transmitted diseases (STD) induced urinary tract infections. However, for specifically targeting Urinary tract infections your doctor may want to put you on other antibiotics drugs in combination with AZITHROMYCIN for faster and effective treatment.
Q) Can AZITHROMYCIN be taken for the treatment of sore throat?
A) Yes, AZITHROMYCIN can be taken for sore throat. However, AZITHROMYCIN is not the first line of choice for treating strep throat. Your doctor may prescribe other antibiotics like penicillin or amoxicillin which are used more often for strep/sore throat.
Q) Can I take vaccination while on AZITHROMYCIN medication?
A) No, you are advised not to have vaccinations/immunizations unless your doctor prescribes. This is because AZITHROMYCIN may intervene and cause live bacterial vaccines not to work.
Q) How to store AZITHROMYCIN?
A) Do not store AZITHROMYCIN above 25°C and keep it away from heat and sunlight. Store it in room temperature and do not freeze it. Keep out of the reach and sight of the children.