What is Azithromycin?
Azithromycin is an antibiotic that treats bacterial infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, non-specific urethritis, ureaplasma and mycoplasma in both men and women. It prevents infections from spreading by affecting the bacteria’s ability to reproduce.
Azithromycin remains in the system for a longer period compared to most other antibiotic medications, so courses of this medicine are considerably shorter.
Please note, you should also only take it if you have been prescribed by a doctor – this is to guard against antibiotic resistance.
How does it work?
Azithromycin belongs to a class of antibiotics known as macrolides – these work by preventing the infection from spreading.
Azithromycin inhibits the bacteria’s peptide activity and protein production. When these two functions are stopped, cells cannot multiply, leaving it vulnerable to your body’s immune system.
Please note, as this is an antibiotic treatment, you must complete the prescribed course. Even if symptoms disappear, the infection may not have cleared. It can return if the course is not completed. Stopping a course early can also cause the bacteria to build up a resistance to the antibiotic.
How do I take it?
Azithromycin is taken differently depending on the infection that is being treated. Please follow the advice of your doctor when taking this treatment.
All orders include a patient leaflet and doctor’s advice on what dosage to take depending on the infection you have.
- each capsule is 500mg
- in all cases, capsules should be taken an hour before meals or at least two hours after you have eaten
- doses should be taken with a small amount of water
- even if you notice an improvement before the end of your prescribed course, you must keep taking the medication as prescribed
- if you miss a dose – take as soon as you remember. However, do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose
After you have completed your course, you should wait around two weeks before taking another STI test to make sure that you are completely cured.
Please note, for chlamydia, non-specific urethritis and mycoplasma genitalium, Azithromycin is only recommended as a second-line treatment after first-line treatment with Doxycycline has proven unsuccessful.
If you find a course of this medication does not clear your infection, please visit your doctor – they may wish to prescribe a different course of treatment and investigate your condition further.
What are the possible side effects?
As with all medication, Azithromycin can cause side effects. These will not affect every patient and will have varying severity.
Usually, any reactions are mild and disappear on their own during the continuation of the treatment.
Some of the most common reactions include:
- decreased appetite
- stomach pain or upset
- hearing impairment
- skin reactions
If you experience any of these for a prolonged time, or if you experience an allergic reaction, you should contact your doctor. Signs of an allergic reaction include skin rashes, swelling of the throat, face and mouth, and difficulty breathing.
What precautions should I take?
You should mention any medications you are currently taking during your consultation, and also provide detailed information about your health (for example, whether you are pregnant or nursing a child).
If any of the following apply to you, you should consult with your doctor before taking Azithromycin:
- you have severe liver or kidney problems
- you have severe heart problems
- you have low potassium or magnesium
- you have multiple infections
- you are taking migraine medication
- you have myasthenia gravis
- you have a severe neurological or psychiatric condition
You should also avoid alcohol when taking this treatment. The combination can increase the likelihood of certain adverse effects occurring, such as an upset stomach or dizziness.
As this medication can cause dizziness, you should exercise caution when driving or operating machinery.
Please note, the manufacturer has reported cases of rhabdomyolysis in people taking Azithromycin with statins, although this appears to be less common than with other macrolides. If you experience any muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, you should report this to your doctor.
Can I buy Azithromycin online?
Buying prescription medicines online is becoming an increasingly popular method due to its ease and secureness, especially when obtaining recurrent medication.
You can buy Azithromycin from us. By ordering online with us, you will receive the following benefits:
- no face-to-face appointment
- free next-day delivery
- discreet packaging – get your prescription delivered to your workplace or shared accommodation
- UPS Access Points – if you prefer collection in-person
Please note, the manufacturer of Azithromycin may differ from that shown on the image above. However, the ingredients, effects and possible reactions will be identical.
Is it safe to buy Azithromycin online?
We guarantee that all medication purchased from Doc On Alert comes with a genuine prescription reviewed by a Zambian-registered doctor.
Our service has all the relevant and mandatory safety certificates, including the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC).
- Product Name: Azithromycin
- Active Ingredient(s): Azithromycin
- Manufacturer: Teva
- Description: Azithromycin is an antibiotic used in the treatment of genital infections like chlamydia and ureaplasma (when combined with cefixime)
- Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
- Administration: Oral
- Presentation: Tablets
- Available Dosage: 500 mg
- Application: Men and women over 18 with a bacterial infection
- Posology: Take 2 tablets together as a single dose
- Drug class: Macrolide antibiotics
- Alcohol consumption: No influence
- When breastfeeding: Side effects not expected, however ask your doctor
- When pregnant: Not expected, however ask your doctor