Uses of Azithromycin
Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections of the nose, throat, chest, ear, skin, soft tissues, and sexually transmitted genitourinary infections.
How Azithromycin works
Azithromycin is known to a class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin works by killing bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves. Azithromycin is a bacteriostatic antibiotic. This nature means it prevents the growth of the bacteria by hindering the cell division process and translation process. It aims to stops the reproduction process of bacteria. It interferes with the process of the protein synthesis process. Azithromycin binds with the 50 S ribosomal unit of protein and stops the translation process of mRNA.
Azithromycin is an azalide macrolid antibiotic that is used in the treatment of various bacterial infections. It is an erythromycin derivative and is effective against various bacteria like Chlamydia pneumonia, Eikenella corrodens, Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenza, Moraxella catarrhalis, etc. Azithromycin is used to treat conditions such as ear infections, respiratory tract infections, skin infections, a sexually transmitted bacterial disease, urinary tract infections, Urethritis, Cervicitis, tonsillitis, etc. antibiotics are meant for acting on the bacteria. But it does not work on viruses that cause other allergies like cold and flu.
Understanding the Azithromycin
Azithromycin is an antibiotic having bacteriostatic action.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take this drug if you:
- Have an allergy to the active ingredient present in it i.e. Azithromycin
- Have jaundice or another liver disease
- Have any heart problems
- Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Are having Myasthenia Gravis
- Have Arrhythmia
How much Azithromycin to take?
The dosage is only decided by the doctor after the proper assessment of the condition of the patient and various factors such as disease condition, age, and body weight. The doses are not fixed it can vary from one patient to another patient. Always take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor.
What are the strengths available of Azithromycin?
Azithromycin is available in four strength combination on our website:
How to take Azithromycin?
Azithromycin should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the whole tablet along with a full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet.
When to take?
Always take the medicine as instructed by the doctor or pharmacist. Don’t consume the medicine in a greater amount. The intake of dosage varies from patient to patient. So, the doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you. Consult your doctor before taking the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the intake of the drug.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
In case of overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if there is anything serious.
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine each day at regular intervals. This reduces the chances of missing doses. Talk to your doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, the same way this drug also has some undesired effects with it. It is not necessary that all the people will encounter some side effects. The side effects are not the same for every person. Azithromycin shows common side effects such as:
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Mouth sores
- Extreme tiredness
- Pain in the upper part of the stomach or Abdominal pain
- Blisters and peeling of skin
- Mild abdominal pain and discomfort
- Vaginal itching or discharge
Some serious and rare side effects that need serious consideration are stated below:
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Chest pain
- Red or purplish skin rash, blistering, and peeling of skin
- Swollen face, throat, and tongue
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Give a complete list of prescription or nonprescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, the doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Azithromycin. Drugs enlisted below may interact with Azithromycin and can hinder its normal functioning:
- Arsenic trioxide
- BCG vaccine live
Hence, the patient must avoid taking this medicine in combination with Azithromycin.
What are the things to be taken with precaution?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription.
- Don’t use the expired drug.
- Avoid the intake of antacids (Aluminum and Magnesium) along with it as it may reduce its efficacy.
- Azithromycin can cause diarrhea, stop taking the medicine, and consult your doctor if you experience watery and bloody diarrhea.
- Do not share your medicines with anyone, even if they have the same symptoms.
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat, and light.
- Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug.
Do not take Azithromycin if you are allergic to azithromycin, erythromycin or any macrolide or ketolide antibiotic or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Do not take any antacids containing magnesium or aluminum for up to 2 hours before and after taking this drug.
Consult your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant.
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