Azithromycin Tablets

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Azithromycin is an antibiotic treatment prescribed for Chlamydia in the UK. Doxycycline is now recommended as first-line treatment for Chlamydia. Azithromycin can be used as an alternative for those who cannot take Doxycycline. 
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    What is Azithromycin?

    Azithromycin is an antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat various infections including sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The branded version of this medication is known as Zithromax.

    How effective is Azithromycin in treating Chlamydia?

    Azithromycin is a highly effective antibiotic for the treatment of Chlamydia. When taken correctly, this antibiotic has been found to be successful in treating Chlamydial infection in up to 95% of all cases.

    Azithromycin works to destroy bacteria responsible for the infection by stopping them from producing the proteins they need to survive. Also this antibiotic remains in the body for a long period of time to prevent recolonisation of the bacteria which cause this infection.

    Azithromycin vs Doxycycline for treatment of Chlamydia

    Both medications are useful at treating uncomplicated urogenital chlamydia infection. They are both antibiotics but work in different ways. Doxycycline is now recommended as first line treatment for this infection, whilst Azithromycin is an useful alternative for those individuals who cannot tolerate Doxycycline or other Tetracycline antibiotics.

    How do I take Azithromycin?

    For the treatment of Chlamydia, TWO tablets of Azithromycin 500mg should be taken as a single dose on day one followed by 500mg daily for the next TWO days. Therefore a total of FOUR tablets of 500mg will be required to complete the course.

    Please note: this is a new dose for this medication in line with the updated national guidance for the treatment of Chlamydia.

    The tablets should be swallowed whole with half a glass of water before or after food.

    What are the cautions associated with Azithromycin use?

    Although Azithromycin tablets are commonly prescribed in the UK to treat symptoms of Chlamydia, it is still important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Azithromycin should not be used by people suffering with certain medical conditions or those taking certain medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Azithromycin before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.

    What are the side effects of Azithromycin?

    Azithromycin like all medications may cause certain side effects, however not all patients will experience these.

    Very common side effects of Azithromycin include:

    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal Pain
    • Diarrheoa
    • Flatulence (excess wind)

    For more information associated with the side effects of this medication, please see the patient information leaflet or contact PostMyMeds.

     

    Where can I find more information on Chlamydia and Azithromycin?

    Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for further information about Azithromycin. You can find more information on Chlamydia here.

Authored Feb 03, 2018 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Nov 16, 2019 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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