What is Azithromycin?
Azithromycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria by disabling them. Azithromycin is taken for the treatment of chlamydia.
It is important to start taking Azithromycin as soon as possible after getting diagnosed as leaving chlamydia untreated can cause serious complications such as infertility.
How does Azithromycin work?
Azithromycin works by stopping the chlamydia bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to its growth and reproduction. Without these proteins, the chlamydia bacteria cannot grow, replicate or increase in numbers and they eventually die. This prevents the chlamydia infection from spreading.
How do you take Azithromycin?
Take two Azithromycin 500 mg tablets as a single dose.
Azithromycin tablets are taken whole with a glass of water. When taking Azithromycin for treating chlamydia, it is important that you take a 1g dose in order for it to be effective. You must therefore take two 500mg tablets one after the other with a glass of water.
How effective is Azithromycin?
Azithromycin is a highly effective chlamydia treatment. It cures 98% of chlamydia infections.
Azithromycin takes 7 days to work. For Azithromycin to work, you should abstain from sexual activity for 7 days to prevent the spread of chlamydia or your own reinfection. All chlamydia symptoms should have cleared 7 days after taking Azithromycin.
What are the main side effects of Azithromycin?
Like all medicines, Azithromycin can cause side effects. However, not everybody will experience these side effects and they are usually mild to moderate in nature.
The most common side effects of Azithromycin are:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
For less frequent side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.