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Azithromycin (Overview)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making the lactone ring 15-membered.


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What is azithromycin. I believe it is an anti biotic is that right. It was prescribed for me for acne by a consultant. Can it be used for that.

What is azithromycin. I believe it is an anti biotic is that right. It was prescribed for me for acne by a consultant. Can it be used for that.

Acne & Azithromycin: Azithromycin is an antibiotic and it is used at times to treat acne. There are a number of other oral antibiotics and other oral medications that can used in addition to a number of topical solutions. In general, the doctor will decide which of the various options for treatment provides the best chance for success balanced against the cost and potential side effects. ...Read more

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Azithromycin (Overview)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making the lactone ring 15-membered.


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After a positive chlamydia test, i took 1mg of azithromycin as prescribed. A culture retest after exactly a week and came back positive. Why is that?

After a positive chlamydia test, i took 1mg of azithromycin as prescribed. A culture retest after exactly a week and came back positive. Why is that?

Wait a little: According to the cdc the correct dose of Azithromycin for chlamydia is 1 gram (or Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for one week). Most chlamydia tests detect bacterial dna, which may take 3 or 4 weeks to clear after the infection is treated. If you took your medicine and did not get reinfected, repeat the chlamydia test in a month. ...Read more

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Is azithromycin dairy free?

Is azithromycin dairy free?

Lactose: Azithromycin contains lactose which is the type of sugar found in milk but does not contain milk protein. LActose is found in many pills as a filler. Usually there is not enough to cause problems even in those with lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: azithromycin?

Please describe the medication: azithromycin?

Azithromycin: Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making the lactone ring 15-membered. ...Read more

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Hi dr. Why prescribe azithromycin and cefurexime togather ?

Hi dr. Why prescribe azithromycin and cefurexime togather ?

Combined therapy: Azithromycin & Cefuroxime are given for broad coverage of microorganisms in immuno compromised pt, ICU sick pt, dialysis pt, severe exacerbated copd& nursing home pt. Azithromycin covers atypical bacteria like mycoplasma, legionella well while Cefuroxime for staphs. Mono therapy is good for pneumonia, sinusitis, cellulitis& otitis. Thank you & wish you good health. ...Read more

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I have had chlamydia since I was a virgin and I been prescribed azithromycin twice in the past 4 yrs and they both failed to cure me. What should I do?

I have had chlamydia since I was a virgin and I been prescribed azithromycin twice in the past 4 yrs and they both failed to cure me. What should I do?

Many issues: I find it odd that a virgin carries chlamydia, but it could be acquired with heavy petting. That aside, treatment failure can occur when the sex partner is not treated at the same time, with a new infected exposure gives it to you, or if the diagnosis was wrong in the first place. The most common reason for repeat disease is sex with an infected partner some of which have no symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I take imodium (loperamide) if I use azithromycin?

Can I take imodium (loperamide) if I use azithromycin?

Yes, not repeatedly.: Initially Imodium (loperamide) is safe to use, for 2 days. If diarrhea is persisting, then additional evaluation for the source for the diarrhea is necessary. ...Read more

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I used azithromycin to cure chlamydia, but now experiencing much heavier periods could it be PID?

I used azithromycin to cure chlamydia, but now experiencing much heavier periods could it be PID?

No but yes: PID cannot cause heavier periods, but I cannot state that you do not have it. PID symptoms are abdominal pain, fevers, nausea/vomiting, and possibly vaginal discharge. Chlamydia, when treated appropriately, only rarely progresses to PID. ...Read more

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For how long is azithromycin effective in your body?

For how long is azithromycin effective in your body?

Two answers: Azithromycin in a single 500 mg dose has a half-life of 11–14 h. When multiple doses are taken it may increase to 68 h. For a 5 day course it should be present 10 days. Biliary excretion, predominantly unchanged, is a major route of elimination. Over a week, approximately 6% of the administered dose appears unchanged in urine. Efficacy is another subject. ...Read more

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Does azithromycin work for typical pneumonia also?

Ineffective: I no longer use this antibiotic for respiratory infections. I have not seen any treatment success with it for over one year in my practice. Bacteria are growing resistant to it. ...Read more

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Does azithromycin works on acne vulgaris ?

Does azithromycin works on acne vulgaris ?

Often helps: It's a poor choice for long-term treatment; the tetracyclines offer real advantages. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. ...Read more

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My partner and I had unprotected sex the day after taking azithromycin does it effect treatment if it takes 7 days for treatment to kick in ?

My partner and I had unprotected sex the day after taking azithromycin does it effect treatment if it takes 7 days for treatment to kick in ?

Please clarify: I am not sure exactly what your question is. Does this have to do with you taking birth control pills at the same time you are taking antibiotics? If so, there can be an interaction which can cause your birth control pills to be less effective. I recommend the use of back up birth control if you are taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take azithromycin with methadone?

Is it safe to take azithromycin with methadone?

Zpack & methadone : Taking this combination can cause elevation of serum Methadone levels or cause irregular heart beat by prolonging your cardiac qt interval. I suggest you talk to your prescribing professional(s) and follow the recommendation(s) provided. ...Read more

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How long can azithromycin be taken safely?[for long term treatment] if one has recurrent sinus +chest +throat infection in one go?

Months: There are certain chronic infections that are very difficult to treat, an dpeople can be on antibiotic regimens that include Azithromycin for over a year. People need to be monitored to make sure their white blood cells, liver, and kidneys are ok, but Azithromycin tends to be a relatively safe antibiotic. The question is whether other interventions in addition to antibiotics will help. ...Read more

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Instead of 2 tablespoons of azithromycin I took 4 is this dangerous?

Not usually: You shouldn't suffer any significant adverse effects from this dose unless you're also taking certain other medications at the same time. To be sure, I would recommend taking only a quarter of the usual dose the next day but checking with your physician is the best policy. ...Read more

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How quickly does azithromycin begin to work on bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis, if acute, is rarely caused by bacteria. It is 9+% viral, some toxic inhalants and a few bacterial like adult whooping cough (Pertussis). If this is treatment of exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, azithromycin, if it is going to be effective should begin to have efficacy within 24 hours. ...Read more

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Are there any stomach side effects of azithromycin or lexapro (escitalopram)?

Yes: Both can cause upset stomach and diahrea. You should take probiotic suppliments whenever you take an antibiotic, such as Azithromycin as this will greatly reduce the risk of serious diahrea. It won't help with the Lexapro (escitalopram) however. ...Read more

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How do i get this horrible drug azithromycin out of my system took one 2 dose of 250mg yesterdsy at 4pm and i feel worse than from just being sick?

Your body: will slowly metabolize(liver) and excrete it(in your feces and urine) over time. Though realize it has a long half life so it will take time. But also realize you may also be feeling worse due to your underlying illness and the progression may happen to have just coincided with starting the azithromycin. I wouldn't hesitate to contact your doctor if you continue to feel worse. Best of luck ...Read more

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How long does azithromycin stay in your body after last dose ?

136hrs: The half-life of Azithromycin is 68hrs when multiple doses are consumed. So that would mean it takes 136hrs for your body to eliminate it from the body. ...Read more

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