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What Is Azithromycin, and What Is It Used For?

Azithromycin is a macrolide-type antibiotic used to treat ears, skin, tissues, and STDS, including Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is an STI that causes vaginal and penis itching. Azithromycin stops the infections by inhibiting the production of the bacteria, so they do not grow or replicate.

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How Does It Work?

The Azithromycin 250 mg tablet is taken for three days and clears up the infection within seven days. Administering the antibiotic stops the burning pain while urinating. The doctor may require a test, usually a urine or swab test, to confirm Chlamydia before treatment.�


Warnings for Using Azithromycin

The prescription of Azithromycin is not suitable for Chlamydia patients who suffer from:

  • Severe liver, heart, or kidney problems.�
  • Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood.�
  • Muscle weakness called myasthenia gravis.
  • Migraines, and are taking any ergot derivatives.�
  • Neurological or psychiatric problems.�

Seek medical attention immediately if you notice bleeding after sex or thick bloody vaginal discharge, which could indicate another serious condition.


Ingredients Used

Every 250mg tablet contains the active ingredient azithromycin dihydrate. The other components include: Core: croscarmellose sodium (E468), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), magnesium stearate (E572silicium dioxide, (E551), poloxamer, povidone (E1201), talc, and lactose.� The coating has hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose (E464), macrogol, and titanium dioxide (E171).

Side Effects

Side Effects of Using Azithromycin

Although rare, Azithromycin may have the following side effects.�

  • Diarrhoea and Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence

If you have an acute allergic reaction to Azithromycin, discontinue use immediately and talk to your GP. The side effects below indicate allergy:

  • Inflammation of the tongue, lips, face, and neck.�
  • Extreme dizziness.�
  • Difficulty in breathing, swallowing, and speaking.�
  • Itchy skin rash, causing blistering on eyes, mouth, or genital organs.

Below are very minimal side effects that occur to a minority of patients. See your doctor immediately you experience any of the following;

  • Diarrhoea, stomach pain, and fever.
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes.�
  • Severe pain in the abdomen and back.�
  • Changes in urine or traces of blood.
  • Irregular heartbeat.

For complete information on side effects, ensure to read the leaflet that comes with Azithromycin before taking it.