Azithromycin

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Azithromycin is an antibiotic that stops the growth of bacteria in your body. It is a prescription-only medicine.

      Azithromycin does not work for viral infections such as the common cold, flu and coronavirus. This medicine is useful in any of the following conditions or instances:

      • Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia.
      • Skin infections such as boils.
      • Ear infections such as swimmer’s ear.
      • Some sexually transmitted diseases.
      • Traveller’s diarrhoea and severe cough.
    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Azithromycin is a medication that treats bacterial infections in your body. It works by stopping bacteria from spreading in your body. Azithromycin is useful for bacterial infections of the lungs, skin, ear and some sexually transmitted infections as well. It does not work for viral infections or the common cold.

      Azithromycin is a prescription-only medicine. Inform your health care provider if you have had a reaction to azithromycin in the past.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • Azithromycin comes in the form of a tablet or liquid, and it is taking by mouth.
      • You can take this drug with or without food. You should, however, take it with food if you have stomach disturbances.
      • Shake the liquid form well before you use it.
      • Take azithromycin once a day. Ask your healthcare provider for how long you need to use this drug. Take medicine at the same time every day for the best effect.
      • Use your azithromycin completely in the manner that your doctor recommends. Do not stop your dosage even if you feel the symptoms have gone.
      • In case you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose at once. If you think you have overdosed, head to the nearest pharmacy or hospital near you to ask for help.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • The side effects of azithromycin include the following:

      • Nausea and vomiting.
      • Headaches.
      • Stomach pain.
      • Dizziness.
      • Skin itching.

      This is not a full list of all the side effects of using azithromycin. Your healthcare provider will have prescribed azithromycin to you because the benefits of the medicine are more significant than the risk of side effects.

    • What to know before taking this medicine?

    • You must inform your healthcare provider if you have any health condition affecting your liver or heart.

      The following are essential things to note before taking azithromycin:

      • Tell your healthcare provider if you have had reactions to this medicine or other antibiotics before.
      • Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is, however, not expected that the medicine will harm your baby.
      • Some drugs that treat indigestion or constipation may affect the effectiveness of azithromycin. Take such drugs at least 2 hours before you take azithromycin. Remember to keep your azithromycin medication and other medicines away from children. Also, avoid sharing medicines with other people.