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Azithromycin

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Azithromycin is a prescription-only antibiotic. It used to be prescribed to treat STIs such as chlamydia infections but is no longer recommended for chlamydia treatment.

This is due to an increase in antibiotic resistance. The recommended treatment for chlamydia is now Doxycycline.

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How is Azithromycin taken?

Azithromycin tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water, either one hour before the next meal or at least two hours after the last meal. Your treatment won’t affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.

What does one Azithromycin tablet contain?

Tablets may come with 250mg or 500mg of the active ingredient Azithromycin. Azithromycin tablets contain further inactive ingredients, including lactose, maize starch, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulphate,  iron oxide (black) E172, gelatin, shellac, propylene glycol, sulphur dioxide and titanium dioxide.

Common Azithromycin Side Effects

  • nausea
  • bloating and wind
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhoea
  • dizziness
  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • feeling or being sick
  • numbness
  • visual disturbances
  • itchy skin or rash
  • Low lymphocyte count (a type of white blood cell)
  • Low blood bicarbonate levels
  • tiredness
Uncommon Side Effects of Azithromycin
  • blistering of genitals, mouth, eyes and skin
  • anxiety
  • thrush
  • allergic reactions
  • insomnia
  • palpitations
  • ringing in the ears
  • chest pain
  • Inflammation of the liver
Consult a doctor immediately if:
  • you suffer an allergic reaction
  • you experience severe diarrhoea, especially if your stool contains blood
  • you experience a severe skin rash
  • you feel faint and dizzy for a prolonged period of time
  • you notice changes in your heartbeat (if it appears to be faster than usual or irregular)
You must make sure you tell your doctor if you suffer from kidney, liver or heart problems before you take azithromycin, as the treatment may not be suitable for you. The same applies if you are allergic to one of the ingredients. Patients who are taking medicines derived from ergot (for example the migraine medication ergotamine) should also abstain from using azithromycin. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please discuss treatment options with your GP.