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Azithromycin FAQ

What is Azithromycin used for?

Azithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.

How should I take Azithromycin?

Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once a day.

What are the possible side effects of Azithromycin?

Common side effects of Azithromycin include diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting. Contact your doctor if you experience severe or persistent side effects.

Can I buy Azithromycin without a prescription?

You cannot buy Azithromycin without a prescription as it is an antibiotic and must be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

How long does it take for Azithromycin to work?

It usually takes around 5 to 7 days for Azithromycin to fully treat the infection. It's important to complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better before it's finished.

What should I avoid while taking Azithromycin?

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Azithromycin can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

Can Azithromycin be used to treat the flu?

No, Azithromycin is an antibiotic that treats bacterial infections, not viral infections like the flu. It will not be effective in treating flu symptoms.

Can Azithromycin be used for urinary tract infections?

Azithromycin is not typically used to treat urinary tract infections. Your healthcare provider can recommend the appropriate antibiotic for a UTI.

Is it safe to take Azithromycin during pregnancy?

Before taking Azithromycin, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your doctor will determine if the benefits outweigh any risks to the unborn baby.

What happens if I miss a dose of Azithromycin?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Can Azithromycin cause allergic reactions?

Allergic reactions to Azithromycin are possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Azithromycin?

It is generally safe to consume moderate amounts of alcohol while taking Azithromycin. However, alcohol can worsen certain side effects such as stomach upset and dizziness, so it's best to limit alcohol intake.

Is Azithromycin safe for children?

Azithromycin can be prescribed to children depending on the type and severity of the infection. It's important to use the correct dosage and follow the doctor's recommendations when giving Azithromycin to a child.

Does Azithromycin interact with other medications?

Before using Azithromycin, inform your doctor about all other medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, to avoid any potential drug interactions.

What should I do in case of an Azithromycin overdose?

In case of an overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of balance or coordination.

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