What is azithromycin?
Azithromycin is an antibiotic belonging to the macrolide class. Macrolide antibiotics have a broad spectrum of activity and are commonly used to treat mild to moderate bacterial infections including chlamydia. It is also used in the treatment of respiratory-tract infections, ear infections and skin infections, and is considered to be a versatile and effective form of medication. You can buy azithromycin online after completing our medical questionnaire.
How does azithromycin work?
Bacteria need certain proteins in order to survive, and azithromycin works to inhibit protein synthesis so that the bacteria is killed. This treats the infection and clears it from your body.
Uses / Instructions
Take FOUR tablets as a single dose for ONE day only (4 x 250mg tablets).
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Azithromycin if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
• kidney problems
• heart conditions
• liver problems: your doctor may need to monitor your liver function or stop the treatment
• myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes certain muscles to become weak)
• or if you are taking any ergot derivatives such as ergotamine (used to treat migraine) as these medicines should not be taken together with Azithromycin.
Tell your doctor immediately if you feel your heart beating in your chest or have an abnormal heartbeat, or get dizzy or faint or suffer from any muscle weakness when taking Azithromycin.
If you develop diarrhoea or loose stools during or after treatment, tell your doctor at once. Do not take any medicine to treat your diarrhoea without first checking with your doctor. If your diarrhoea continues, please inform your doctor.
See patient information leaflet for full details.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects although not everybody gets them. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after taking this medicine as the symptoms can be severe.
- sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body)
- severe or prolonged diarrhoea, which may have blood or mucus in it, during or after treatment with Aithromyin as this may be a sign of serious bowel inflammation
- severe skin rash causing redness and flaking
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- low blood pressure
- Serious skin reactions:
– blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS))
– blistering of the skin, severe skin reaction (Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN))
– skin rash accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, swollen glands and an increase of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell). A rash appears as small, itchy red bumps (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS))
– skin eruption that is characterised by the rapid appearance of areas of red skin studded with small pustules (small blisters filled with white/yellow fluid) (Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis (AGEP)).
Stop taking azithromycin if you develop these skin symptoms and contact your doctor or seek medical attention immediately.
See patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
The active substance is azithromycin (250 mg). See patient informaion leaflet of the pack you receive for a full list of other ingredients as different manufacturers use different other ingredients.