Azithromycin is cused to treat a number of bacterial infections and is commonly used as a Chlamydia treatment. Azithromycin is effective in slowing down and stopping the bacteria from spreading throughout the body, thus preventing the spread of infection.
What is Azithromycin used for?
Azithromycin belongs to the class of macrolide antibiotics, and is commonly used to treat different forms of infection caused by bacteria. It does so by stopping bacteria from multiplying, thus preventing the spread of the infection and its chance to continue thriving in your body and causing you discomfort of pain. This anti-biotic can be used to battle with a range of bacteria such as those responsible for the infection of skin, ears and respiratory systems, as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia.
At Medicine Direct we sell Azithromycin in 500mg strength tablets in a 3 tablet packet size.
This is the most commonly prescribed strength of Azithromycin used in treatments. The dosage necessary of this strength varies according to your infection. For most infections, you will be advised to take one 500mg, once a day, for 3 days.
How should you take Azithromycin 500mg?
As it is a tablet, you should take Azithromycin with a glass of water. You are able to consume the medicine before or after eating. Do not take a double dose of the antibiotic if you have forgotten a previous dosage. However, if you remember in time, take the tablet as soon as possible. If you have to skip a dose it may be possible to just continue the course and finish a day later. Contact your doctor or pharmacist to discuss what your best options are should you find yourself in that situation.
You must not stop taking Azithromycin once you have started your course of the antibiotic. If your infection is not fully treated, it may return and be more difficult to treat.
Please be aware that you should not take Azithromycin if you are:
- Allergic to azithromycin dehydrate, erythromycin, any form of macrolides or ketolide antibiotics
- Allergic to any other ingredient contained in this medicine
Furthermore, there are some situations in which Azithromycin may not be suitable for a patient. You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have ever suffered with any of the bullet points below so that they can assess whether Azithromycin will be appropriate to prescribe to you:
- Suffer from severe liver or kidney problems
- Serious heart problems
- Low levels of magnesium or potassium in their blood
- Develop signs of a further infection elsewhere
- Taking medicine to treat migraines which contains ergotamine because these two medicines should not be consumed together
- Suffer from myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness)
- Have neurological or mental problems
Below are the standard recommendations of how to administer Azithromycin in accordance to the infection:
Azithromycin 500mg for Chlamydia Treatment
Your doctor will advise you to take one dose of 1000mg one time. You must not have sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral or anal) for at least a week after this as you will run the risk of spreading chlamydia or infecting a partner. If there are still symptoms or you did not complete the course accurately you must return to your clinic and doctor to seek further advice.
Usually, doctors tell patients to take Azithromycin 500mg once a day for 3 days. For anyone under 46kg, the doctor will have to assess an appropriate dosage to their weight and height.
To treat Lyme disease Azithromycin must be taken in 500mg doses once daily for 7 days. Doctors will usually want to see you after the course of medication to check your symptoms and assess whether it has been successful in treating the disease.
Your doctor will generally advise you to initially consume 500mg of the antibiotic each day for at 2 days (at least), and then depending on the success you will be recommended on continuing this administration of the medicine for a further 7-10 days.
The general recommendation to treat the infection which causes Bronchitis is to take 500mg once a day for three days.
For the treatment of all other infections follow the instruction given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
Azithromycin Side effects
As with all medicines, taking them comes with a risk of suffering side effects. Remember that your doctor has prescribed Azithromycin to you as they have deemed that its benefit to your health is greater than the risk of suffering from any side effects. Side effects only occur in some cases.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you believe you are suffering from any of the side effects listed below. If your symptoms are more severe, contact emergency services immediately.
Common side effects
- Skin rashes which can blister, crust, feel irritated, itch or cause redness. The rash can have a dry or scaly appearance or texture
- Abdominal discomfort
- Nausea or vomiting
Uncommon side effects
- More serious skin rash which can involve the blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin
- Bloody/ cloudy/dark urine or black/ tarry stools
- Sensation of burning whilst urinating
- Chest pains, cough, difficulty in breathing
- Dizziness, fatigue or tiredness, fainting
- Feeling like you have an irregular heart beat i.e. feels faster or pounding
- Pain or discomfort of the muscles and joints
- Hives on the face, eyelids, tongue, lips, throat, hands, legs, feet or genitals
- Redness or swelling of the eyes or ears
- Stomach discomfort or pain
- Swelling of the extremities such as hands and feet
- Difficulties sleeping
- Sick with blood in it (the blood may look like loose coffee granules)
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
In rare cases patients taking Azithromycin can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:
- Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
- Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
- Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
- Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
How can I buy Azithromycin 500mg online in the UK?
If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Azithromycin online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Azithromycin, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.
Azithromycin treats the following conditions
Azithromycin can be used to treat respiratory, skin, ears and sexually transmitted bacterial infections such as chlamydia. Azithromycin can also be used to treat throat infections.
How long does Azithromycin take to get rid of Chlamydia?
After taking the 1000mg dose once of Chlamydia, you must wait a further week before Chlamydia should be eradicated. If any symptoms persist, however, you must return to the doctors or pharmacist and ask for further help.
Can you use Azithromycin for a throat infection?
Azithromycin 500mg can be used to treat throat and tonsil infections such as streptococcal and tonsillitis.
When can you have sex again after taking Azithromycin?
You should not have sex, either vaginal, anal or oral, until you have completed the course of Azithromycin. Moreover, if you have been using the one a day course of Azithromycin you must not have sex until a week after the treatment has finished to ensure that you do not pass on chlamydia or catch it again.
Do you have to return to the clinic or doctor after finishing the Azithromycin antibiotics?
If you have completed the course of Azithromycin correctly, it is unlikely that you will have to make a return trip to the doctors or clinic. However, if you have had sex before yourself and your partner had finished the course of medicine, if your symptoms did not go away, if you are worried that you did not take the antibiotics correctly or if you were treated for chlamydia whilst you were pregnant you will have to return to seek further medical advice.
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