Azithromycin is an antibiotic that has various uses. It is used to treat conditions such as sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia) and travellers diarrhoea. It works by killing the bacteria that causes both these medical conditions.
- Used to treat travellers diarrhoea
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Azithromycin is an antibiotic used in the treatment of travellers’ diarrhoea. Symptoms usually begin to clear after a few days.
How can I tell the treatment is working?
Without treatment, the symptoms of diarrhoea will typically last 3-4 days, whereas taking azithromycin will reduce this time to just 1-2 days. If your symptoms persist after two days, contact a healthcare professional.
Do I need to continue the course even if I feel better?
It is important to continue to take azithromycin until your symptoms have completely cleared up, as this can risk the infection from returning.
Can I drink alcohol whilst taking azithromycin?
No, you should avoid alcohol as this can decrease the effectiveness of this medication.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking azithromycin.
Common side effects include:
- Flushing of the skin
- Abdominal pain
You should stop taking this medication immediately if you show any signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing or talking, swelling of the tongue, and/or rash.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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