Azithromycin 500mg Tablets

Azithromycin Tablets & Suspension

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Description for Azithromycin Tablets & Suspension

Azithromycin is the antibiotic of choice to treat chlamydia. It can be taken as a convenient single dose and clears up most chlamydia infections within 7 days. Chlamydia antibiotic treatment can be bought from The Independent Pharmacy following a simple medical questionnaire and can be delivered quickly and discreetly to a location of your choice.

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Azithromycin is a type of antibiotic known as a macrolide-type antibiotic. These antibiotics work by stopping protein production in bacteria, preventing them from growing and replicating. This means that a bacterial infection can no longer spread and the immune system will eventually kill it off.

As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, azithromycin is effective against a large variety of different bacteria. It is effective at treating infections in the skin, ears, soft tissue, airways, and it can also be used to treat the sexually-transmitted infection Chlamydia.

Sometimes, a doctor may take a tissue sample to ensure that a specific bacterial infection is vulnerable to azithromycin before prescribing it.

This treatment for Chlamydia can be ordered online. To place an order, you just need to complete a brief medical questionnaire. A doctor will review the order and approve treatment.

A Chlamydia test kit can be ordered here.

Options for treating Chlamydia

Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics. The two most common types of antibiotics used to treat Chlamydia are azithromycin and doxcycline. Both combat the infection in the same way, by preventing the bacteria from reproducing.

A course of antibiotics successfully treats Chlamydia 95% of the time if the prescriptions instructions are correctly followed.

The usual dosage of azithromycin to treat Chlamydia is two tablets to be taken at the same time, just once. Doxycycline is normally prescribed in a longer course, of two tablets a day for a week.

A different antibiotic may be prescribed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have had Chlamydia for a long time. Always complete a course of antibiotics, even if the symptoms appear to have gone.

Getting Tested

If you believe you have Chlamydia, get tested right away. The test can be taken at any time, but if you have engaged in unprotected sex within two weeks before taking the test you may want to take a further test at a later time. The test is normally a simple urine or swab test.

For most people (9 out of 10), the Chlamydia is accurate. Cases of false positives or negatives are very rare. Most health clinics or GPs offer testing for free, but you can also buy a test online to be taken at home. The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) offers free testing at pharmacies for those under twenty five.

For men, the test is almost always a simple urine sample. For women, a urine test is possible but normally a swab test is used.

A doctor may suggest a swab test in the rectum or throat if you have engaged in unprotected oral or anal sex. An eyelid swab may be called for if there are symptoms present in the eyes.

If there is a very high risk of Chlamydia, for example if you have been engaging in unprotected sex with a partner who has Chlamydia, a doctor may prescribe a course of treatment before the test results return.

  • Take TWO Azithromycin 500mg tablets as a single dose OR take 25ml (five 5ml spoonfuls) of suspension as a single dose.
  • You should take Azithromycin as soon as possible after a positive chlamydia test by you or one of your sexual partners.
  • Azithromycin tablets should be swallowed whole with plenty of water.
  • Do not have sex for SEVEN days after treatment.
  • Take a chlamydia test again after 14 days to ensure successful treatment.

Like all medicines, Azithromycin can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Side effects can include:

  • Nausea & diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a severe allergic reaction to Azithromycin, stop taking it and tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital.

  • Sudden difficulty in breathing, speaking and swallowing.
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face and neck.
  • Extreme dizziness or collapse.
  • Severe or itchy skin rash, especially if this shows blistering and there is soreness of the eyes, mouth or genital organs.

The following are serious side effects that occur in a very small minority of patients. If you experience any of the following side effects you should see your GP as soon as possible.

  • Diarrhoea that is serious, lasts a long time or has blood in it, with stomach pain or fever. This can be a sign of a serious bowel inflammation. This is something that can rarely happen after taking antibiotics.
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes caused by liver problems.
  • Inflammation of the pancreas, which causes severe pain in the abdomen and back.
  • Increased or reduced urine output, or traces of blood in your urine.
  • Skin rash caused by sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
  • Irregular heart beat.

Please read the patient information leaflet that comes with your Azithromycin tablets before you take them for full information on side effects.

Each Azithromycin tablet contains the active ingredient azithromycin dihydrate 500mg.
Each tablet also contains:
Core: croscarmellose sodium (E468), magnesium stearate (E572), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), silicium dioxide, (E551), poloxamer, povidone (E1201), talc, and waterfree lactose. Coating: hypromellose (E464), hydroxypropylcellulose, macrogol and titanium dioxide (E171).
The active substance in Azithromycin Suspension is azithromycin (200 mg in 5 ml).
Other ingredients are sucrose (3.87 g per 5 ml), hydroxypropylcellulose, sodium phosphate tribasic anhydrous, xanthan gum and flavourings: artificial banana, artificial cherry and artificial creme de vanilla.

It is not suitable for our The Independent Pharmacy to prescribe Azithromycin to treat chlamydia for you if:
You have severe liver or kidney problems.
You have severe heart problems or problems with your heart beat such as long QT syndrome (shown on an electrocardiogram or ECG machine).
Your blood levels of potassium or magnesium are too low.
You develop signs of another infection.
You are taking any ergot derivatives such as ergotamine (to treat migraine).
You have a certain type of muscle weakness called myasthenia gravis.
You have nervous (neurological) or mental (psychiatric) problems.
If any of the above conditions apply you should see your GP for advice and treatment of chlamydia.
If you notice blood in your stool or suffer from fever, chills, or severe headache your infection may be more serious and you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If symptoms include a thick or bloody discharge from the penis with soreness or inflammation in men or women with heavy offensive vaginal discharge or irregular bleeding and low abdominal pain, you should see your GP as this could indicate a more serious infection.

UK ORDERS

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. We always aim to dispatch all orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders can be fully tracked in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

REMOTE AREAS

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is Azithromycin?

    Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic, which is used to prevent or treat certain strains of bacterial infections. It is not an effective treatment for viral infections, such as the cold or flu.

  • What else is Azithromycin known as?

    The branded version of Azithromycin suspension is called Zithromax: Powder for oral suspension.

  • How effective is Azithromycin at treating Chlamydia?

    Azithromycin destroys the bacteria that is responsible for causing chlamydia. Most clinical studies show azithromycin to be 95% effective at treating this sexually transmitted disease. However, the success rate is dependent on the medicine being taken correctly, whilst avoiding further unprotected sex until treatment is complete.

  • How do I know if I have Chlamydia?

    In many cases, chlamydia can be symptomless, which is what makes it such a prolific disease. It is estimated that around 50% of men and 70% of women do not suffer any of the associated symptoms. Therefore, it is recommended to get checked after having unprotected sex, especially if you have several partners or are with a new partner. 

    For those who do experience symptoms, the most common are:

    • A discharge from the penis/anus or vagina
    • Pain whilst urinating
    • Bleeding in between periods
  • What will my healthcare provider need to know before prescribing this medicine to me?

    You will need to inform your healthcare provider if:

    • You have kidney or liver disease
    • you have an irregular heartbeat or heart disease
    • you are allergic to Azithromycin or other macrolide antibiotics
    • You are allergic to any foods, dyes, or preservatives
    • You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
    • You are breastfeeding
  • How should Azithromycin suspension be taken?

    This medication is administered orally, following the directions on the dispensing label.

  • How do I know if the Azithromycin is working?

    For those who experience symptoms, they should clear within a few days of treatment. However, since many sufferers do not experience symptoms, you should test again after 14 days to ensure successful treatment.

  • Can I still have sex while I am taking Azithromycin?

    Ideally, you should abstain from sex until your chlamydia has cleared. However, if you decide to have intercourse whilst undergoing chlamydia treatment, it is important that you make your partner aware of the risks. Make sure you use a condom to help avoid transmitting the infection. If you suspect a condom has split, make sure your partner gets testing for chlamydia and that they receive the appropriate treatment if necessary.  

  • What other medicines may interact with Azithromycin oral suspension?

    Known interactions include:

    • Lincomycin
    • Amiodarone
    • Contraceptive pills
    • Cyclosporine
    • Digoxin
    • Magnesium
    • Nelfinavir
    • Phenytoin
    • Warfarin
  • What should I watch out for while using this medicine?

    If your symptoms do not improve, you should seek advice from your doctor or healthcare professional.

    Contact your doctor if your diarrhoea lasts for longer than two days, or if it is particularly severe or watery.

    Azithromycin oral suspension can increase your sensitivity to the sun. Try to avoid the sun where possible. Alternatively, wear protective clothing and sunscreen if avoidance is not possible. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds.

  • Does Azithromycin oral suspension cause any side effects?

    If you experience any side effect from taking Azithromycin oral suspension, you should report them to your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible. Common side effects include:

    • Diarrhoea
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Headache
    • Upset stomach
    • Vomiting
    • Tooth discolouration
    • Vaginal irritation
  • Can Azithromycin suspension cause any serious side effects?

    Although serious side effects are very rare, you should stop treatment and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

    • Fast or irregular heartbeat
    • Fainting
    • Rash, itching or hives
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing and swallowing
    • Swelling of the face, tongue, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
    • Sores in the mouth
    • Hoarseness
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding
    • Lethargy
    • Loss of appetite
    • Unexplained pain in the upper right side of the stomach
    • Severe diarrhoea that may occur with or without a fever and stomach cramps
    • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
    • Dark-coloured urine
    • Peeling/blistering of the skin
    • Flu-like symptoms
  • How should I store this medicine?

    Azithromycin suspension should be kept inside its original container, tightly closed and out of reach of children. The suspension should be stored at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture. Do not refrigerate or freeze azithromycin oral suspension. Discard any remaining liquid after 10 days from dispensing.  

  • What is Azithromycin used to treat?

    Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections, including; pneumonia, bronchitis, and sexually transmitted infections, such as Chlamydia. It will also effectively treat infections of the ears, lungs, skin, sinuses, and throat. Azithromycin belongs to a class of medicines called macrolide antibiotics. It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics, like azithromycin, have no effect on viruses, so this medicine should not be used to treat colds, flu, or other types of viral infection.

  • Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Azithromycin suspension?

    No. Drinking alcohol can potentially neutralise any positive effects of the azithromycin. This means that your chlamydia may not be cured effectively.

  • Are there any special dietary instructions I should follow?

    Unless told otherwise by your doctor, continue your normal diet.

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