What is Azithromycin?
Azithromycin is a generic variant of Zithromax, an antibiotic treatment. It is a macrolide antibiotic which means it is able to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is effective at treating sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, ureaplasma urealyticum, and mycoplasma genitalium. Azithromycin is also effective at treating the different strains of bacteria which can result in skin infections such as abscesses or boils, sinusitis, tonsillitis, pneumonia and bronchitis.
How does Azithromycin work?
Bacteria produce proteins which they use to reproduce, and Azithromycin works by stopping this process. Bacteria that are unable to grow and replicate are in a weakened state and are unable to attack the body's immune system. This will leave your body in a position where it is better equipped to defend against the bacteria.
Does Azithromycin have any benefits?
Azithromycin works fast and is able to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections including gonorrhea, chlamydia, mycoplasma genitalium, and ureaplasma urealyticum. What makes it so effective is its ability to stay in the body for an extended period, meaning it can treat gonorrhea, chlamydia, mycoplasma genitalium, and ureaplasma urealyticum in one convenient dose. You can expect this medication to produce results in between three and five days.
Is there a risk of side effects?
Azithromycin is unlikely to cause side effects as the course usually only consists of one dose. As it's such a quick treatment, the body tends to adjust to this medication very quickly, limiting adverse reactions. Some of the most common side effects, which are usually mild, include diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and an upset stomach. These tend to disappear once you become used to the medication's active ingredient.
In the unlikely event that you experience unwanted side effects with this medication for a prolonged period of time, you are advised to seek urgent medical attention. Some of the very rare but more serious side effects include lowering of blood pressure, skin rashes or flaking, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, severe diarrhea or sudden difficulty in breathing. These too warrant urgent medical care.
Can anyone take Azithromycin tablets?
This treatment can be used by most people to treat bacterial infections, although some people should not take it. You should not take this medication if you are taking terfenadine (treatment for allergies), theophylline (used to treat asthma), digoxin (used to treat heart failure), cyclosporine (usually used after an organ transplant), warfarin (to prevent blood clots), ergot/ergotamine (to treat migraines), have problems with your liver or are aware of an allergy to the active ingredient.
If you have diabetes, a heart condition or have problems with your kidneys, you should speak to your doctor before taking Azithromycin tablets as you may need an adjusted dose.
Azithromycin comes in tablet form and should be swallowed whole with water. It can be taken with or without food but you should wait one to two hours if you have taken antacid medication. A doctor will usually prescribe and recommend Azithromycin to be taken to treat STDs in the following way: A single 2000mg dose (four Azithromycin 500mg tablets) is to be taken to treat urethritis and mycoplasma genitalium and a single 1000mg dose (two Azithromycin 500mg tablets) is to be taken to treat gonorrhea, chlamydia, and ureaplasma urealyticum.