Azithromycin No Longer Available
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The most recent medical guidelines from the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) no longer recommend Azithromycin for the treatment of Chlamydia.
At Zava, we offer the top clinically recommended treatment for Chlamydia, which is now Doxycycline.
Treatment with Zava is discreet and fast. To place an order, fill in our brief consultation questionnaire. Our doctor will review your request and check whether chlamydia treatment is suitable for you.
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Alcohol will neutralise any positive effects the drug has. This means your Chlamydia won’t be cured effectively.
The most important point is to follow the instructions your doctor gives you when taking any medicine. Most typically, 1mg of Azithromycin is taken on one day (in the form of 4 x 250mg capsules at the same time) to treat Chlamydia
Since the Chlamydia treatment is just one day long, take it as soon as you can after you have been diagnosed. If you overdose, you may start to feel unwell. You should contact your doctor or seek medical assistance immediately.
You should take Azithromycin one hour before a meal or two hours after a meal.
Common side effects
- Stomach cramps
- Feeling sick
Azithromycin is no longer recommended as the first-line treatment for chlamydia. Studies have shown increasing bacterial resistance to Azithromycin, so it has become less effective at treating chlamydia. As a result the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV released new guidelines saying that only doxycycline is recommended as the first-line treatment-of-choice for chlamydia infections.
Azithromycin is an antibiotic from the “macrolides” group.
Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections such as chest, throat and nose infections (such as bronchitis, tonsillitis and pneumonia), ear infections and skin or soft tissue infections (such as abscesses).
Azithromycin was previously used as a very common treatment for chlamydia. However, the most recent guidelines advise that azithromycin shouldn’t be used to treat chlamydia, because of high rates of antibiotic resistance, and because it is not fully effective in treating all types of chlamydia.
Your GP or sexual health clinic may prescribe azithromycin for you if you have chlamydia and are unable to take doxycycline. This may be the case if you are pregnant or if you are allergic to doxycycline.
Yes. Azithromycin is a prescription medication so you need an assessment from a doctor before you start treatment.
The active ingredient is the azithromycin. Each tablet will contain 250mg of this. Other ingredients include lactose, magnesium stearate, maize starch, sodium lauryl sulphate, gelatin, iron oxide (black) E172, shellac, propylene glycol, sulphur dioxide and titanium dioxide. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, you must not take Azithromycin.
- Allergic reaction (swollen face, eyelids or lips, rash, itching, wheeziness)
- Severe long-lasting diarrhoea, particularly if blood has mucus in it (this may mean you have serious bowel inflammation)
- Severe skin rash or flaking
- Rapid/irregular heartbeat
- Low blood pressure (feeling faint/dizzy)
- Numbness/pins and needles
- Vomiting and indigestion
- Loss of appetite
- Visual disturbance and deafness
- Skin rash/itching
- Joint pain
- Low lymphocyte count (a type of white blood cell)
- Low blood bicarbonate levels
- Tiredness/ weakness
- Allergic reactions
- Blistering of genitals, mouth, eyes and skin
- Skin more sensitive to sunlight
- Reduced sense of touch
- Ringing of the ears
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- Constipation or stomach pain
- Inflammation of the liver
- Loss of strength
- Rare side effects that can occur in under 0.1% of patients are:
- Changes in liver function
Side effects which are exceptionally rare and have only been reported in a few cases include fits, feeling hyperactive, muscle weakness, tongue discolouration, pancreatitis, kidney inflammation, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), bruising or prolonged bleeding after injury.
If you notice any of the side effects above, or any changes which have occurred after treatment, inform your doctor right away. Similarly, you should not take any medicines to relieve your side effects, such as diarrhoea, without consulting your doctor first.
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in the Azithromycin tablets, or if you are allergic to any other macrolide antibiotic
- You are taking any medicines derived from ergot, such as ergotamine which is used to treat migraines
- You should inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Kidney problems
- Heart conditions
- Liver problems
- Warfarin/ other medicines to prevent blood clots
- Ciclosporin (suppresses immune system to prevent rejection after transplant)
- Antacids (for indigestion)
- Digoxin (for heart failure)
- Terfenadine (for hay fever or skin allergy)
You should not take Azithromycin if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding without talking to your doctor first.
The tablets will contain lactose. If you are lactose intolerance, do not take the medication without speaking to your doctor first. The sulphur dioxide in rare cases can cause allergic reactions and wheezing.
Azithromycin will not affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, if you think you feel unwell after taking the medication, do not put yourself and others at risk.