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.
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
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.
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.
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.