Azithromycin can be used to treat travellers’ diarrhoea. If you catch a tummy bug when travelling, and have 3 or more bouts of loose, watery poo in 24 hours, you may consider antibiotic treatment. This will depend on where you are travelling. The condition is spread mainly through food and water but it can also spread from person to person. It is one of the most common health problems affecting travellers all over the world.
Traveller’s diarrhoea can be caused by many different germs like bacteria, viruses and parasites. All these germs are spread through eating and drinking contaminated (dirty) food and water, or using contaminated dishes and cutlery. Travellers' diarrhoea usually gets better in 3 to 5 days. Most cases are mild and do not need treatment.
Azithromycin kills the bacteria that may have caused the diarrhoea. If you have a bacterial infection, it will help to stop the symptoms and help to make you feel better more quickly. The dose of azithromycin is a 500mg tablet daily for 3 days. Begin taking azithromycin when you get diarrhoea, not before. It cannot be used as a preventative measure.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Azithromycin may also be used to treat some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) caused by bacterial infection, like gonorrhoea and syphilis. But it is not the main recommended antibiotic for these infections and would need to be used with specialist advice, and sometimes in a combination with other antibiotics. Antibiotics are not effective against STDs caused by a virus. These are treated with antiviral drugs.
Why is azithromycin no longer used to treat chlamydia?
Azrithromycin was used to treat chlamydia in the past but it is no longer the first recommended option. This is partly because another infection, Mycoplasma, which is sometimes present with Chlamydia, is becoming resistant to azithromycin. Antibiotic resistance, also called bacterial resistance, happens when germs like bacteria and fungi change and are able to resist the effects of an antibiotic.
That means the germs are not killed and continue to grow. Infections caused by antibiotic resistant germs are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat.
The recommended treatment for most people with chlamydia is now doxycycline. You can order this online from us. If you are pregnant, you must not take doxycycline, and a doctor should recommend the best alternative treatment.
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