Azithromycin (Zithromax) in UK

Are you suffering from pneumonia, an infection of your throat or maybe a wound infection? Then it might be that your doctor prescribed you azithromycin, also known as Azithromycin (brand name Zithromax). 

Azithromycin 500 mg pack

What is Azithromycin (Zithromax)?

Azithromycin (Zithromax) is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic chemically derived from erythromycin which is active against a wide range of gram positive and gram negative microorganisms. Azithromycin (Zithromax) inhibits bacterial protein synthesis and prevents the growth and spread of bacteria. It is used to treat infections of upper and lower respiratory organs (tonsillitis, otitis, sinusitis, pneumonia), urogenital infections (urethritis, prostatitis, cervicitis, adnexitis, caused by chlamydia, gonorrhea, primary syphilis), intestinal infections, stomach and duodenal ulcer.

How to use Azithromycin (Zithromax)?

Azithromycin is available in two forms - liquid and tablet. A common dose of Azithromycin (Zithromax) is 100 mg / 5 ml, while a single dose of 200 mg / 5 ml is recommended. Both dosages should be measured with a calibrated device. You should never use more than one gram of Azithromycin (Zithromax) in a single dose. Taking the drug with or without food may improve your health and reduce the risk of developing resistance to the drug. If you decide to take an oral suspension of extended release, you should take it as one dose only.

To take a Azithromycin (Zithromax) tablet, swallow it whole, with half a glass of water and if you want to use it as a suspension, add the right amount to a glass of water, stir the water and drink it whole. Furthermore, it's best to take azithromycin at a fixed time. This will make you less likely to forget a dose, and you could do this before, during or after a meal. And a quick tip, if azithromycin makes you sick, then it's best to take it during or right after a meal. This might decrease its side effects.

Always used the prescribed amount of frequency your doctor gave you, as dosages might differ, depending on your indication of use, your side effects and the severity of your symptoms. However, when treating most infections in adults and children, weighing more than 45 kilograms, your doctor might prescribe a dose, 500 milligrams, once a day, for three to five days. One of the exceptions on this rule is treating chlamydia. Then your doctor might prescribe a one time dose of 1000 milligram.

Side effects

Now, azithromycin can be a very effective drug, but unfortunately it can also cause some side effects. If you're looking for a complete list, always ask your doctor, your pharmacist or check your leaflet.
Very commonly it might cause the following symptopms:
nausea, abdominal pain, flatulence and diarrhea.

And commonly it can cause:
vomiting, skin rash, itching, taste disturbances, visual impairment, and deafness.
Uncommonly it can cause palpitations, inflammation of your stomach, liver or vagina, a hypersensitivity reaction, skin rash, edema and nervousness, and rarely, it might cause irritability, vertigo, liver dysfunction and several serious side effects.

Safety of use

Here it is important to mention that there are no limitations when using azithromycin. You can combine it with any type of food and you can drive safely when using it. However, it can cause interactions with other drugs you might be taking. Always discuss this with your personal doctor. Furthermore, when pregnant or when breastfeeding, azithromycin can usually be used safely. However, always discuss this with your personal doctor.

Azithromycin (Zithromax) price

Zithromax costs between £0.48 and £2.80 per pill. Depending on the size of the package and the number of tablets it contains (100 or 500 mg).

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