Azithromycin is a macrolide-type antibiotic that is used to treat moderate acne. It is also used to treat bacterial infections by stopping the growth of bacteria. It is often prescribed to treat urinary tract infections and some sexually transmitted diseases. Azithromycin is not intended for older women who have a history of heart problems or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Don’t worry, if Azithromycin is not for you, one of our Nurx™ healthcare providers can help you find a better option.
- How Does Azithromycin Work?
You will take one pill of Azithromycin orally each day. To maximize its effectiveness, it is best to take Azithromycin at the same time each day. Continue taking the antibiotic until you have completed the recommended dosage, even if your symptoms go away. Stopping use too early can cause the bacterial infection to return.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Beginning Azithromycin?
Frequent use of antibiotics can lead to Clostridium difficile which is a type of bacterial resistance disease. Prolonged exposure to antibiotics can also lead to oral thrush and yeast infections. You can avoid long-term problems by discussing your use of antibiotics with your doctor or a Nurx™ healthcare professional before taking Azithromycin.
An allergic reaction to Azithromycin is also rare but possible. Stop use immediately if you notice a lasting fever, lymph node swelling, rash, itching, dizziness, or difficulty breathing. Azithromycin may also affect your heart rhythm. Be sure to inform your doctor if you have a health history of heart problems or low levels of potassium or magnesium.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects of Azithromycin?
Although side effects are uncommon, they are always a possibility when taking a new medication. Potential side effects of antibiotics include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach pains. Serious side effects are rare but have been reported. They include hearing or vision changes, difficulty swallowing, liver problems, and severe stomach pains.
- Can I Take Azithromycin With Other Medications?
Although most medications are safe with Azithromycin, it is important to discuss your current medication use with your Nurx™ healthcare professional before beginning a new antibiotic. Some medications like antacids with aluminum or magnesium ingredients may decrease the amount of Azithromycin that absorbs into your body.
You should also avoid taking Azithromycin with other medications that may affect the heart's rhythm. Most antibiotics will not interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control and its ability to avoid pregnancy but you should still discuss all birth control usage with your Nurx™ healthcare provider.
- Does Azithromycin Treat Urinary Tract Infections?
Azithromycin has shown to be effective in treating urinary tract infections. It is important to follow your doctor's dosage instructions and to complete the entire prescription for the best results.
- Does Azithromycin Treat Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
Azithromycin is often prescribed to treat bacterial sexually transmitted diseases including Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Always discuss your symptoms with a doctor before taking Azithromycin or any other antibiotic to treat a sexually transmitted disease. Antibiotics will not treat viral diseases and taking them for no reason can increase your chance of building a resistance.
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