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My weight is 96 kg. What will happen if I take azithromycin overdose? (a 500 mg tablet daily for 15 days)
DO NOT: Who advised you to do that. For a chlamydial infection you need 1gram once. That's it. Remember that by taking antibiotics unnecessarily you increase its resistance to other diseases hence treatment of other disease could become difficult. If you are taking a Zpak then please take it for the 5 days. Only what your doctor prescribes. ...Read more
Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin) is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more
Sure can...: Overdose just really means it is taken more than the maximal recommended dosage of any medication. How severe an adverse reaction to an overdose depends on the type of medication and amount taken. Unfortunately, even when taken in normal recommended dosage, Azithromycin has been associated with significantly increased cardiovascular deaths. Please consult doc if u are concerned. Good luck. ...Read more
Hello doctor I have taken azithromycin for chlamydia for 3 days -500mg, 1gm, 1gm respectively. Should I have to taken it again due to overdose.?
You are treated.: The standard dosing when using Azithromycin to treat chlamydia is a one time dose of 1 gram. You are already treated. Make sure your partner is treated, and then you should be rescreened for re-infection in 3 months. Make sure you also had gonorrhea, HIV and syphillis testing as you are at risk. ...Read more
No antidote for it: I have never seen or heard of any serious trouble with zithromax od--from people have accidentally taken 3-4 times what is recommended. Single dose of 2gm (4x more than usual dose of longer course of 5 days) is often given these days, and those who have trouble usually end up vomitting it out. So, od will likely result in vomitting/diarrhea etc. If you have trouble, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Probably, but...: Without looking, I'm sure headache is listed as a side effect (because it is for most meds). But, chances are pretty good that the infection you have that the med is meant to treat can also cause headaches (e.g., ear infections, sinus infections, etc.). So my advice is, if its not too severe, and since the course of this med is usually pretty short, I would finish it. Tylenol (acetaminophen) in the meantime. ...Read more
Only sometimes: Many skin abscesses can be cured with incision and drainage alone. Most skin abscesses are caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. Most strains of this bacteria are resistant to zithromax. If it is MRSA septra/bactrim or Doxycycline are the usual oral antibiotics used. If mssa oral dicloxicillin or Keflex are often used. ...Read more
Yes and no: In many parts of the world, including much of the US and Europe, syphilis bacteria are resistant to azithromcyin, so it is not used or recommended for treatment or prevention. However, it is effective and sometimes used where resistance isn't a problem, such as many parts of Africa. ...Read more
First, Azithromycin (zithromax) is not mean to be mixed with anything except the liquid provided by the pharmacy (when it comes to you as a suspension). Mixing it with any other liquids than water could inactivate the drug, and then you're not getting the antibiotic effect you just pain a bunch of money for! And you won't get better!
secondly, Azithromycin is not heat stable above 86 degrees. ...Read more
Azithromycin: I would not recommend crushing asithromycin tablets in that it could have an effect of how the drug is absorbed from your GI tract into your bloodstream. If you can't swallow the tablets, Azithromycin is available as a liquid that is flavored for children but certainly can be used by adults. ...Read more
It depends: The context is important here. If Azithromycin is taken for a sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia, then absolutely not! Aperiod of 2 weeks is recommeneded if you planto be intimate with some one else. If the abx is being taken for a pneumonia, then it should be ok, but I think it is more prudent to refrain from sexual activity until you have recovered from an infection. ...Read more
No: The confusion is people hear about an std that sounds similar--chlamydia trachomatis-- being treated w/ azithromycin. This infection is not the same as trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomoniasis cannot be cured w/ Azithromycin & must be rx'd w/ Metronidazole or tinidazole 'trich' can lead to premature delivery, low birth weight, stillbirth, neonatal death, HIV transmission, pid, prostatitis, other risks. ...Read more