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Azithromycin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for chlamydia.

Azithromycin is used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections; from pneumonia to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia. You can buy azithromycin safely online from DrEd's online service without a prescription.

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What is Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is an antibiotic from the “macrolides” group.

What does Azithromycin do?

Azithromycin can destroy the bacteria which are responsible for causing Chlamydia, by preventing them producing the proteins they need to survive.

In addition, azithromycin is used to treat other bacterial infections such as chest, throat and nose infections (such as bronchitis, tonsillitis and pneumonia), ear infections and skin or soft tissue infections (such as abscesses).

How effective is Azithromycin at treating Chlamydia?

Since azithromycin destroys the bacteria responsible for treating Chlamydia, it is highly effective. Most studies show azithromycin to be 95% effective at treating Chlamydia. However, this is only if you take the medication correctly and avoid having further unprotected sex whilst on treatment. Other factors may affect how effective the treatment is. Make sure you look at these in the warnings tab.

How do I know if I have Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is largely symptomless which is why it is such a prolific disease. Around 50% of men and 70% of women do not experience any symptoms. Even the symptoms that may be experienced, such as discharge from the penis, vagina or anus, pain whilst urinating, and bleeding in between periods in women, can easily be neglected. Therefore, it is really important that you get checked for Chlamydia after unprotected sex, particularly if you have many partners or are with a new partner.

Can I still have intercourse while I am on treatment?

Ideally, you should wait until your Chlamydia has cleared before having intercourse. This means that you won’t be putting your partner under any risk. However, if you do wish to have intercourse whilst you are undergoing treatment for Chlamydia, it is important your partner understands the risks of such intercourse. You must use a condom to avoid transmitting Chlamydia to your partner. If you suspect a condom has broken, make sure your partner gets a Chlamydia test and, if needs be, the appropriate treatment. However, this is usually not a problem, as the Chlamydia treatment takes one day.

Who usually takes azithromycin?

Anyone, male or female, who has Chlamydia and has been found suitable for azithromycin treatment by a qualified doctor can take azithromycin. Chlamydia can occur at all ages, however, it is more common in 18 to 24 year olds when people tend to be more sexually active/have more partners. You should get tested for Chlamydia if you have unprotected sex or if your condom breaks. If the test is positive, make sure you get in contact with a doctor, such as DrEd online.

Can I drink alcohol whilst taking azithromycin?

No. Alcohol will neutralise any positive effects the drug has. This means your Chlamydia won’t be cured effectively.

Do I need a prescription?

Yes. You can get this online with DrEd, provided you are suitable for the treatment.

How do I know if my treatment is working?

In those with symptoms, the symptoms should clear within a few days if the treatment is working. However, since many people do not experience Chlamydia symptoms, you should talk to a doctor after your treatment course. It is likely you will take another test to ensure that the Chlamydia has cleared up. Alternatively, there are tests you can take yourself at home. Chlamydia test kits are available for order online at DrEd.

What is the best way to protect me against Chlamydia in the future?

Firstly, make sure you take your current treatment as instructed so that the infection is cleared effectively. Secondly, make sure you use a condom in the future, or that you get Chlamydia tested immediately if your condom breaks.

If I find I have Chlamydia, when do I start treatment?

You must start treatment right away, and make sure you get tested for Chlamydia after unprotected sex. This will reduce the risk of serious problems in the future.

What other names might I come across for Azithromycin Chlamydia treatment?

Names such as Zmax or Zithromax may be used. The tablets are white and marked with Pfizer and “250”.

Which Azithromycin dosage do I need to take?

The most important point is to follow the instructions your doctor gives you when taking any medicine. Most typically, 1mg of Azithromycin is taken on one day (in the form of 4 x 250mg capsules at the same time) to treat Chlamydia

Since the Chlamydia treatment is just one day long, take it as soon as you can after you have been diagnosed. If you overdose, you may start to feel unwell. You should contact your doctor or seek medical assistance immediately.

You should take Azithromycin one hour before a meal or two hours after a meal.

What does one capsule contain?

The active ingredient is the azithromycin. Each tablet will contain 250mg of this. Other ingredients include lactose, magnesium stearate, maize starch, sodium lauryl sulphate, gelatin, iron oxide (black) E172, shellac, propylene glycol, sulphur dioxide and titanium dioxide. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, you must not take Azithromycin as a treatment for Chlamydia.

Azithromycin Side Effects

If any of the following serious side effects occur, you must seek medical assistance immediately:

  • Allergic reaction (swollen face, eyelids or lips, rash, itching, wheeziness)
  • Sever or prolonged diarrhoea, particularly if blood has mucus in it (this may mean you have serious bowel inflammation)
  • Severe skin rash or flaking
  • Rapid/irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure (feeling faint/dizzy)

Very common Azithromycin side effects:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling sick
  • Diarrhoea
  • Wind

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Numbness/pins and needles
  • Vomiting and indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Visual disturbance and deafness
  • Skin rash/itching
  • Joint pain
  • Low lymphocyte count (a type of white blood cell)
  • Low blood bicarbonate levels
  • Tiredness/ weakness

Uncommon side effects:

  • Thrush
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blistering of genitals, mouth, eyes and skin
  • Anxiety
  • Skin more sensitive to sunlight
  • Reduced sense of touch
  • Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Ringing of the ears
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Constipation or stomach pain
  • Inflammation of the liver
  • Loss of strength
  • Swelling
  • Rare side effects that can occur in under 0.1% of patients are:
  • Agitation
  • Vertigo
  • Changes in liver function

Side effects which are exceptionally rare and have only been reported in a few cases include fits, feeling hyperactive, muscle weakness, tongue discolouration, pancreatitis, kidney inflammation, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), bruising or prolonged bleeding after injury.

If you notice any of the side effects above, or any changes which have occurred after treatment, inform your doctor right away. Similarly, you should not take any medicines to relieve your side effects, such as diarrhoea, without consulting your doctor first.

Warnings

You must not take Azithromycin if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in the Azithromycin tablets, or if you are allergic to any other macrolide antibiotic
  • You are taking any medicines derived from ergot, such as ergotamine which is used to treat migraines
  • You should inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart conditions
  • Liver problems

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • Warfarin/ other medicines to prevent blood clots
  • Ciclosporin (suppresses immune system to prevent rejection after transplant)
  • Antacids (for indigestion)
  • Digoxin (for heart failure)
  • Terfenadine (for hay fever or skin allergy)

You should not take Azithromycin if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding without talking to your doctor first.

The tablets will contain lactose. If you are lactose intolerance, do not take the medication without speaking to your doctor first. The sulphur dioxide in rare cases can cause allergic reactions and wheezing.

Azithromycin will not affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, if you think you feel unwell after taking the medication, do not put yourself and others at risk.

If you have a question about this service, please email info@dred.com with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

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