Azithromycin 500mg (3 Tablets)
- Antibiotic Treatment For Travellers’ Diarrhoea
- Active Ingredient: Azithromycin
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Travellers’ diarrhoea is a common health problem of overseas travellers to high-risk areas, such as: Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Take one Azithromycin tablet per day at the first sign of an upset stomach and the symptoms should clear up within a few days, leaving you fit and well to enjoy your travels.
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What Is Azithromycin?
What is Azithromycin?
Azithromycin 500mg is one of a group of antibiotics called macrolides. Azithromycin tablets are used to treat bacterial infections caused by bacteria. Two versions exist, the unbranded version simply called Azithromycin 500mg and the branded version called Zithromax.
Important notice concerning the use of Azithromycin tablets and treating COVID-19: It is currently not known if the drug is effective at treating COVID-19, AND HAS NOT BE APPROVED BY THE FDA for use.
For further information about ‘What is Azithromycin?’ please click here to be redirected to the patient information leaflet.
Azithromycin Antibiotic is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. These infections include:
- Chest infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Infections in the sinuses, throat, tonsils or ears
- Mild to moderate skin infections, e.g. folliculitis, cellulitis and erysipelas
- Infections cause by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. This is when the tube that carries urine from the bladder becomes inflamed.
Azithromycin antibiotic should not be used to treat infections caused by viruses, it can be used alongside other antibiotics when used to treat sexually transmitted infections.
Two of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for treating chlamydia is Azithromycin and Doxycycline. Azithromycin chlamydia is given as two or four tablets at once, whilst doxycycline is given as two capsules a day for a week.
Depending on your allergies, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, your doctor will look for Azithromycin Chlamydia alternatives such as amoxicillin or erythromycin.
The Following are cautions and guidance’s from the British national formulary on Azithromycin BNF. Azithromycin BNF states that Azithromycin tablets:
- May aggravate myasthenia gravis (a long term neuromuscular disease)
- Can cause Electrolyte disturbances
- Only use Azithromycin antibiotic when pregnant if no adequate alternatives are available
The main and one of the only Azithromycin uses is the prevention of bacteria growth. It is often used to treat children with ear or chest infection.
Another of Azithromycin uses is it can be used long term to treat patients who keep getting repeat chest infections. There may also be other Azithromycin uses not listed on this page or medication guide.
How To Take Azithromycin
Here is a guide on how to take Azithromycin. This medication should always be taken exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Further questions about how to take azithromycin should be directed towards your doctor or pharmacist.
The following is the recommended dosage but should not be taken as the be all and end all on how to take azithromycin.
Azithromycin tablets should be taken as a single daily dose. They should be swallowed whole with a drink of water, and can be taken with or without food. Azithromycin 500mg can be divided into equal doses.
The recommended dose is 1500 mg divided over either three or five days:
- When taken over three days, 500 mg once daily
- When taken over five days, 500 mg as a single dose on the first day and then 250 mg once daily on days two through to five.
Children and adolescents
Tablets should not be given to these patients. Other forms of azithromycin such as suspensions will be used.
The following are some guidelines and precautions when taking Azithromycin dosage.
If more than the recommended Azithromycin dosage has been taken, you should immediately contact a doctor. An overdose of Azithromycin 500mg can cause reversible hearing loss, severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Any remaining tablets should be taken to the hospital or doctor so they know which tablets have been consumed.
If an Azithromycin dosage has been forgotten, take one as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearly time to take the next. DO NOT take a double dose to make up for a forgotten one.
Stopping Azithromycin dosage should only be done so after talking with your doctor first, even if you feel better. Continue to take your azithromycin dosage for as long as the doctor prescribed it for; otherwise the infection can return.
Azithromycin Side Effects
Like with all medicine, Azithromycin Side Effects can occur but these aren’t experienced by everyone. If you experience any of these Azithromycin side effects, especially if any of them are getting progressively worse, immediately stop and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Below is a list of Azithromycin Side Effects experienced more, or less when people have taken Chlamydia Treatment Azithromycin. For a full list, please refer to the patient information leaflet.
- Severe skin reaction which causes blisters/bleeding of the lips, eyes, nose, mouth and genitals
- Skin jaundice, yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes
- Tiredness and loss of appetite
- Skin eruption that is characterised by areas of red skin studded with small pustules
- Skin rash accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, swollen glands and increase of eosinophils
Azithromycin And Alcohol
Azithromycin and alcohol does not have any direct interactions. Most people will be able to take azithromycin and alcohol safely, in moderate amounts, without any serious problems.
Before taking Azithromycin and alcohol you should inform your doctor about any liver conditions you may have. This will have likely already been done when Azithromycin was being prescribed.
It is recommended however to avoid taking Azithromycin and alcohol until the infection has cleared. Some side effects can be worsened.
Azithromycin Over The Counter
Azithromycin over the counter was made available in August 2008. This was to allow asymptomatic treatment of chlamydia infections and was the first oral antibiotic to be switched from prescription-only to pharmacy medicine status. Long-term this would help prevent future infections from other partners.
Azithromycin over the counter can be bought online, safely and securely via My Pharmacy. Fill out the accompanied consultation and proceed to the basket.
Chlamydia Treatment Azithromycin is one of many different antibiotic and chlamydia treatments we have available at My Pharmacy. Before changing treatments you should consult with your doctor and try to find the best Azithromycin alternative for you and your infection.
You may want to consider some of the following as an Azithromycin alternative:
How to take Azithromycin
The Azithromycin tablets can be taken with or without food.
The tablets should be taken with ½ glass of water
Take one 500mg tablet a day for three days, ensuring you complete the course.
You should start taking Azithromycin as soon as you get traveller’s diarrhoea but not before. It is not a preventative treatment. It should not be taken alongside any other traveller’s diarrhoea medication.
Do not take Azithromycin if:
• you are allergic to Azithromycin dihydrate, erythromycin or any macrolide or ketolide antibiotic
• you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this Azithromycin medicine.
Preventing Travellers’ diarrhoea
TD is difficult to prevent for those who cannot prepare their own food and drinks however the following tips may help.
Travellers should always be prepared to manage the symptoms of TD.
Hands should be washed after visiting the toilet, and always before preparing or eating food. Alcohol gel can be helpful when hand-washing facilities are not available.
Travellers should also practise good swimming pool hygiene by not swimming if they have diarrhoea, ensuring babies and infants are wearing suitable swimwear, and avoiding ingesting any pool water.
Travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) is the most common health problem of overseas travellers.
The organisms that cause TD, are reported worldwide, including in the UK. However more commonly affects lower-income countries that have inadequate sanitation facilities and a lack of access to clean water.
There are regional differences in the risk of travellers’ diarrhoea.
Low-risk areas include Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Intermediate-risk areas include southern Europe, Israel, South Africa, some parts of the Caribbean and the Pacific islands.
High-risk areas include most of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
TD is acquired through the consumption of contaminated food or water.Recreational water such as swimming pools, the sea and freshwater rivers and lakes may also be a source of water-borne infection. In swimming pools, infection may occur if treatment and disinfection of the water are inadequate.
Signs and symptoms
TD is defined as three or more unformed stools in a 24 hour period, often accompanied by at least one of the following: fever, nausea, vomiting, cramps, or bloody stools (dysentery), with symptoms usually starting during or shortly after a period of foreign travel . TD typically occurs during the first week of arrival and is often self-limiting, lasting three to four days.
Diagnosis and treatment
TD is caused by a variety of organisms. Where aetiology is known, bacteria are responsible for most cases.TD usually resolves spontaneously. Individuals with ongoing symptoms depending on the history and clinical presentation may require further tests. The aim of treatment of TD is to avoid dehydration, reduce the severity and duration of symptoms and reduce the interruption to travel plans.
Diet and fluid
Travellers should maintain adequate fluid intake to avoid dehydration. For a mild TD illness oral fluids are often all that is necessary.Adults without existing health problems, with mild to moderate symptoms, can usually stay hydrated by continuing to drink and eat as normal. For more severe symptoms or those prone to complications from dehydration, oral rehydration powders can be diluted into clean drinking water to remedy electrolyte (sugar/salt) imbalances. Consumption of small quantities of easily digestible foods are recommended to aid gut recovery in those with TD.
The most common symptomatic treatments for TD are antimotility agents (e.g. loperamide), and bismuth subsalicylate. Loperamide can be considered for travellers when frequent diarrhoea is inconvenient.
Antibiotic treatment can be considered for treatment of moderate to severe travellers’ diarrhoea.
Travellers should seek medical care if symptoms do not improve within three days. They should seek medical care immediately if they have a fever of 38oC or more, blood and/or mucous in the stool or other worrying symptoms such as altered mental status, severe abdominal pain, jaundice or rash.
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• abdominal pain
• feeling sick (nausea)
• loose wind (flatulence).
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• lack of appetite (anorexia)
• feeling dizzy
• sensation of pins and needles or numbness (paraesthesia)
• changes in your sense of taste
• visual impairment
• being sick (vomiting), stomach pain or cramps, loss of appetite,
problems digesting your food
• skin rashes and itching
• joint pain (arthralgia)
• change in the quantity of the white blood cells and the
concentration of bicarbonate in the blood.
For a full list of side effects please see patient information leaflet
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.