B. Pharm, MSc.
Do not take antacids two hours before or after taking Azithromycin, as they inhibit the absorption of the medication.
Don't stop taking the Azithromycin too suddenly, even if you start to feel better; complete the full recommended dosage. It's possible that if you stop it too early, the infection will only come back stronger and more resistant to treatment.
Azithromycin should be taken either 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
The side effect of diarrhoea is possible. However, it should go away after your treatment is over. Please notify your doctor if this continues or if you notice any blood in your faeces.
If you have any of the following side effects while taking Azithromycin: itchiness; swelling of the face, throat, or tongue; difficulty breathing, discontinue use and consult your doctor immediately.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, Azithromycin is safe and effective for usage during pregnancy. However, there is a lack of human studies despite evidence of little or no harm to the fetus from those performed on animals.
You must experience the benefit of Azithromycin within 3 to 4 hours.
Yes, it's likely safe to take Azithromycin during breastfeeding. According to limited human studies, the medicine may not provide a significant risk to the unborn child.
Yes, patients who have kidney problems should take precautions while using Azithromycin. Some patients may need a dosage modification of it. If you have any problems, you should consult your doctor.
Yes, diarrhoea is a risk after taking Azithromycin. Therefore, drink lots of fluids and take probiotics to avoid excessive fluid loss (dehydration). Do not use the anti-diarrhoea medication by yourself; if the disease worsens, consult your doctor.
No, there is no evidence that Azithromycin interacts with the effectiveness of any type of oral contraceptive pill or contraceptive device.
Patients with an allergy to macrolides or any other ingredients in Azithromycin should not use this medication. As a result, let your physician be aware if you have a drug allergy.
No, please do not stop taking Azithromycin without first consulting your doctor. There is a chance that an infection may return if it is suddenly stopped.
It is not recommended to use any antiemetic medications (domperidone), antipsychotic medications (amitriptyline, pimozide), antimigraine medications (ergotamine, dihydroergotamine), statin medications (simvastatin), medications for bladder weakness (tolterodine), and anti-gout/arthritis medications (colchicine). These medications' interaction with Azithromycin may lead to severe side effects. Before using any prescription or over-the-counter medications, you must consult your doctor.
Yes, it's possible for patients using Azithromycin to get thrush, a fungal skin infection. This happens because it also removes harmless microorganisms that prevent thrush.
No, it is ineffective against viral infections such as influenza and the common cold. Consult your doctor to determine whether you need Azithromycin for your condition.
No, avoid consuming alcohol while taking the Azithromycin because it could increase dizziness and drowsiness.
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