Where is Azithromycin used?
Azithromycin is used for the treatment of a wide variety of bacterial infections. This may also be used to prevent mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. MAC usually occurs in people with HIV infection. This is a macrolide-type antibiotic that can be used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well.
This medication is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. This is particularly used in different types of infections caused by certain bacteria;
- Respiratory infections
- Skin infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Ear infections
How does Azithromycin work?
Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that works by stopping the bacteria from creating proteins that are vital to them. The bacteria cannot grow, duplicate, and increase in numbers without these proteins. The bacteria will die soon or are damaged by the immune system. This clears up the infection.
How is Azithromycin taken?
- Azithromycin is usually taken once a day as directed by your doctor.
- Each dose may be taken with or without a meal.
- You may take the medicine with food if a stomach upset happens.
- To help you remember, take the medication at the same time and in the same way each day.
- For the best effects, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times.
- Do not stop taking the drug unless you experience severe side effects. If you stop taking this medicine too soon or skip the disease, your infection may not be completely treated. The bacteria may as well become resistant to antibiotics.
You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with this medication. Take Azithromycin until you finish the prescription even if you feel better.
An antacid that contains aluminum or magnesium may lessen the absorption of this medicine if taken at the same time. Wait at least 2 hours if you take an antacid that contains magnesium or aluminum, before or after taking this drug. Let your doctor know if your condition persists or gets worse.
What are the precautions in taking Azithromycin?
- Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have any other medicines including those non-prescription and herbal medicines.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women before using this medication.
- Azithromycin does not affect hormonal contraceptives such as the pill. But, if you experience vomit while taking antibiotics, this can potentially make your pill less effective at preventing pregnancy. Call your doctor for instructions if this happens.
- Inform your doctor if you have any allergies or any medical history. This drug may have some ingredients that cause an allergic reaction.
- If you vomit within an hour after taking a dose of this medication, call your doctor right away. Your doctor will tell you if you need to take another dose. Do not take another dose unless your doctor tells you to do so.
- This may make you feel dizzy. Avoid using machinery or driving.
- If you need to take a painkiller while you are taking this drug, it may be safe if you’ll take ibuprofen, paracetamol, or co-codamol.
- Do not share this or any of your medications with others who have the same condition as yours.
- This can rarely cause liver problems. If you have any liver problems, it could make your liver function worse.