Azithromycin is a macrolide-type antibiotic formulated for the prevention and treatment of several kinds of bacterial infections, like skin infections, ear infections,respiratory infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. This medication is not recommended for the treatment of viral infections. Taking this medicine unnecessarily will lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Minor Side effects
Some of the unlikely but serious side effects that might be caused by this medication include the following:
Some of the rare side effects of this medication, that need a medical help right away, are:
Before starting this medication,
tell your doctor about all the allergies that you have; either to this medicine or any other antibiotic or any other kind. As azithromycin contains some inactive ingredients that many cause some allergies.
tell your doctor about your medical history- including all kinds of diseases related to liver, kidney or muscles.
This medication may cause a condition that can lead to fast, chaotic heartbeats (prolonged QT). QT prolongation in very rare conditions can cause serious fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms, like sudden fainting or seizure; that need immediate medical attention. It is imperative to tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking or having certain medical conditions (heart problems or family history of heart problems); in order to minimize the risk of QT prolongation.
The risk of QT prolongation also increases, when potassium or magnesium levels in the blood are low. The risk may also increase if you take diuretics/"water pills" drugs or if you have conditions, like vomiting, diarrhea or sweating. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine safely.
Also, when going for a surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all prescribed, non-prescribed drugs and herbal products you use.
If you are pregnant, tell your doctor about it and discuss about the risks and benefits of taking azithromycin. The breast-feeding mothers must not take this medicine, as it passes into the breast milk.
The way medication works and risk of side effects involve are dependent on drug interactions. This is not the complete list of drug interactions. It is advised to list all the prescribed, non-prescribed drugs and herbal products you use and tell you doctor or pharmacist about it. Doctors approval is necessary to start, stop or change the dosage of any medicines.
Mostly, live bacterial vaccines interact with Azithromycin.
Other than azithromycin, the drugs which many affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), include the following:
Dosage- Oral tablet
The dosage depends upon the several factors, like age, condition to be treated, conditions severity, other medical conditions and reaction of body to the first dose. Azithromycin can be taken for the treatment of:
|Synonym:||N-Methyl-11-aza-10-deoxo-10-dihydroerythromycin A, CP-62993|
|Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):||C38H72N2O12 - 2H2O|
|storage temp. :||-20C Freezer|