The main active component in Azithromycin is the antibiotic Azithromycin itself. This kind of antibiotic belongs to the macrolides and has multiple functions in healthcare. It fights a lot of bacterial infections next to Chlamydia as well.
This active component stops the bacteria from developing and spreading so that it can’t survive for a longer time. Azithromycin works while interacting with the synthesis of protein.
Bacteria which cause Chlamydia need a certain generation of proteins to copy their genetic information and spread themselves. Azithromycin prohibits this process so that their capacity for multiplication has been inhibited. The rest of this work does the immune system of an infected person while destroying the remaining parts of the living bacteria.
While using Azithromycin it is very important to follow the instructions of the doctor who prescripted it to you. You should also read all necessary informations on the leaflet. Following this instructions helps to avoid risks and accidents with this medication. Make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients to lower the side effects.
- If you suffer from Chlamydia take one dose consisting of two tablets with 500 mg Azithromycin
- Make sure that you don’t break the pills and swallow them whole.
- Drink the pills with water, don’t use milk.
Don’t take more than your doctor prescripted.
How to use Azithromycin?
Take as prescribed and consult the leaflet provided for more information.
Chlamydia belongs to the STD’s, the sexual transmitted diseases. Everyone can get it as long as he or she doesn’t use a condom to prohibit the transmission. It doesn’t matter whether you have oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact. Even sex toys are able to transmit the infection from one to another. Chlamydia is the result of an infection caused by a certain type of bacteria named Chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria lives in the semen and vaginal fluids of infected persons.
Usually Chlamydia exists at the genitals but in case of oral or anal sex it can infect the eyes, the throat or the rectum as well.
How can I get infected?
It’s always very difficult to find out whether someone got Chlamydia or not because the disease doesn’t cause a lot of symptoms. To be sure, you need to make a medical test. But nonetheless there are a few symptoms some people recognize:
Symptoms men could recognize:
- there’s a white discharge at the end of your penis
- Possibly a burning sensation while urinating
- Sore testicles
Most of these symptoms disappear 3 days after the infection. But be careful, cause it doesn’t mean that the infection itself is gone. You could still transmit the infection to other people, therefore you should get medication against it.
Symptoms women could recognize:
- Possibly a burning sensation while urinating and a permanently needing to urinate
- White or yellow excessive vaginal discharge
- Women recognize most of the symptoms 2 weeks after the infection. But don’t having any symptoms doesn’t mean you’re not infected.
- A medical test makes sure whether you got Chlamydia or not.
Options to treat Chlamydia
Chlamydia can be medicated easily with one single course of antibiotics. The names of the most common antibiotics are Azithromycin and Doxycycline. Both treat Chlamydia the same way. The antibiotics are made to stop the bacteria from reproducing. Your immune system does the rest while fighting the bacteria itself.
95% of all people who are infected and take their antibiotics in a correct way and as long as needed, assert that they can get rid of the Chlamydia infection successfully.
The main dose for the antibiotics Azithromycin prescripted to most people who are infected with Chlamydia is two pills at once on one day.
In case of pregnancy or if your breastfeeding your baby your doctor will prescribe a different kind of antibiotic, cause antibiotics affect the immune system of babies as well. Also when you have had Chlamydia for a very long time, a different kind of antibiotics than Azithromycin could help much better.
Possible side effects of Azithromycin
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you have any of the below symptoms of a severe allergic reaction stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital.
The frequency of the reactions is not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• 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
• Skin rash, fever, swollen glands, increase in a type of white blood cell (eosinophilia) and inflammation of internal organs (liver, lungs, heart, kidneys and large intestine) as they may be signs of a hypersentitivity reaction (Drug Reaction with Eosionophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)).
If you experience any of the following side effects contact your doctor as soon as possible
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Increased or reduced urine output, or traces of blood in your urine
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• 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 occasionally 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
• Skin rash caused by sensitivity to sunlight
• Unusual bruising or bleeding
• Irregular heart beat.
These are all serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
Other side effects include
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• abdominal pain
• feeling sick (nausea)
• loose wind (flatulence).
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• lack of appetite (anorexia)
• feeling dizzy
• sensation of pins and needles or numbness (paraesthesia)
• changes in your sense of taste
• visual impairment
• being sick (vomiting), stomach pain or cramps, loss of appetite, problems digesting your food
• skin rashes and itching
• joint pain (arthralgia)
• change in the quantity of the white blood cells and the concentration of bicarbonate in the blood.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• thrush (candidiasis) - a fungal infection
• bacterial infection
• inflammation of the throat (pharyngitis)
• breathlessness, chest pain, wheeze and cough (respiratory disorder)
• inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose (rhinitis)
• stomach flu (gastroenteritis)
• inflammation inside your vagina (vaginitis)
• reduction in the number of white blood cells
• reduced sense of touch (hypoaesthesia)
• feeling drowsy (somnolence)
• having difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
• ear disorder
• spinning sensation (vertigo)
• hearing loss or ringing in your ears
• hot flushes
• shortness of breath
• inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis)
• difficulty swallowing
• swollen abdomen
• dry mouth
• mouth ulcer
• increased salivary flow
• liver problems such as hepatitis
• allergic skin reactions such as being sensitive to sunlight, red, flaking and swollen skin
• severe form of skin flushing
• inflammation of the skin (dermatitis)
• dry skin
• increased sweating
• pain, swelling and reduced motion in your joints (osteoarthritis)
• muscle pain
• back pain
• neck pain
• increase in blood urea levels
• painful or difficult urination
• pain in the upper back (renal pain)
• testicular disorder
• chest pain
• face swelling
• pain, numbness, muscle weakness, burning or tingling sensation (peripheral pain)
• swelling (oedema)
• general feeling of being unwell (malaise)
• weakness (asthenia)
• change in liver enzyme levels and blood levels
• post procedural complications.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• feeling agitated, feeling of unreality to the self and own feeling
• abnormal hepatic function
• allergic skin reactions
• swelling of the hands, feet, lips, genitals or throat (angioneurotic oedema)
• kidney problems.
A more detailed list of side effects can be found in the patient information.
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.