Azithromycin is a generic antibiotic treatment, indicated for various types of bacterial infection, ranging from chlamydia to cellulitis.
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This may be issued to persons treating chlamydia as a one-off 1g dose; or to those taking it over a certain period for other infections.
This dose may issued to those taking it over a specified period to treat a mild infection.
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Azithromycin is an antibiotic medicine, containing an active ingredient of the same name. Following its development, it was marketed by Pfizer under the brand name Zithromax in the early 1990s. The medicine is employed by doctors to treat a range of bacterial infections. Among these are the STI chlamydia, and cellulitis.
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- Single dose treatment for chlamydia
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The most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, there are over 100,000 cases of chlamydia reported to the NHS every year. The illness is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis, and is passed from one person to another through unprotected intercrouse.
Symptoms of chlamydia include pain, irregular vaginal or penile discharge, or increased menstrual bleeding in women; however it is thought that around three quarters of female cases and half of all male cases will be asymptomatic, producing no visible effects. This makes it doubly important to get tested if you have had unprotected with multiple partners, or think you may have come into contact with the disease.
Cellulitis is a type of skin and tissue infection. It more typically affects those layers of skin which sit beneath the surface. This infection may result in redness, burning sensations and pain. The condition can be caused by a staphylococcal or streptococcal infection, which can occur when bacteria enters tissue through cuts or breaks in the skin.
As a macrolide antibiotic, Azithromycin works by combatting the bacterial cells responsible for spreading infection. These bacteria increase their number through self-reproduction. To do this, they must generate a protein, which facilitates the correct conditions for them to multiply. The antibiotic works by inhibiting the production of this protein. Once the bacteria can no longer develop its presence, it becomes susceptible to the body’s natural defences, which kill the infection.
For the the treatment of STIs and urethral infections, only one dose of Azithromycin may be needed. Other infections may require a course applied over three or more days. It is crucial when buying generic medicines to make sure they legally exist, as some websites may offer to sell you non-branded alternatives which have not been licensed for use.
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The main agent in Azithromycin is an antibiotic substance of the same name. It belongs to the macrolide category within this medicine, and has a versatile range of uses in treating bacterial infections. It works by stopping the bacteria causing the infection from developing and spreading, which it does by interfering with the process of protein synthesis.
These bacteria require the generation of certain proteins, to be able to copy their genetic material and multiply. Once their capacity to do this has been inhibited, their growth pattern comes to a halt, and the immune system destroys what remains of the bacteria.
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How to use Azithromycin
When you use this medicine, make sure you follow the instructions provided by your prescriber, and that you read the information leaflet supplied. Doing so will help to lower the risk of potential side effects, and enable you to get the best out of your medicine.
- Take as prescribed.
- For chlamydia, this might be a one-off dose of 1000mg (4 x 250mg tablets or 2 x 500mg tablets).
- For other infections, this may be 1500mg per day for three days or longer.
- Ensure you swallow the tablets whole. Do not chew them or break them up.
- Take Azithromycin with water.
- Never use more than the prescribed amount.
- Do not make up for a missed dose with a double dose. Simply carry on the course as normal.
Consult the leaflet provided for more information.
Azithromycin side effects
Only a minority of people using this treatment will experience side effects. Despite this, it remains important to be aware of the potential side effects the medicine may cause, so that you can seek treatment right away if necessary.
Very common (1 in 10 people or more):
Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, feeling sick.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, pins and needles, sight or hearing problems, indigestion, skin irritation, joint pain.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Fungal or bacterial infection, pharyngitis, breathlessness, chest pain, gastroenteritis, vaginitis, pneumonia, hypersensitivity, nervousness, drowsiness, insomnia, palpitations, facial flushing, constipation, hepatitis, allergic skin reactions, painful or difficult urination, fever.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Agitation, kidney problems.
This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this treatment. A more detailed account can be located in the patient information leaflet. If you notice any side effects of experience anything at all unusual while taking this medication, visit your nearest doctor or healthcare professional immediately.
Taking it with other medicines
You should inform your doctor during consultation of any other medicines you are currently using, as these may affect your suitability for this product.
Azithromycin may interact with the following: antacids, ergotamine, statins, warfarin, cisapride, terfenadine, zidovudine, nelfinavir, rifabutin, quinidine, cyclosporin, alfentanil, theophylline, digoxin, astemizol and pimozide.
Conditions to look out for
Before taking this medicine, let your prescriber know if you have a history of any medical conditions, including: liver or kidney problems, heart problems, low potassium or magnesium, myasthenia gravis, or nervous or mental illnesses.
Q&A: our Azithromycin discussion forum
Can I still drinking alcohol?
Alcohol can interact with certain types of antibiotic. Despite there being no specific information available regarding the effect of alcohol on Azithromycin, we would recommend abstaining from drinking alcohol during its use.
Will I still be able to drive?
Your capacity to drive should not be affected. However, if you notice any side effects which may make doing so dangerous, do not drive and consult your nearest GP or hospital for advice.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
Do not take Azithromycin while pregnant or breastfeeding unless your doctor thinks you absolutely need to.
How should I store it?
In a sealed, dry environment, under 25°C.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the following: azithromycin, croscarmellose sodium (E468), magnesium stearate (E572), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), silicium dioxide, (E551), poloxamer, povidone (E1201), talc, waterfree lactose, chypromellose (E464), hydroxypropylcellulose, macrogol and titanium dioxide (E171).
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. You can only buy Azithromycin in the UK if you have a prescription from a registered doctor.
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