Azithromycin tablets are well known by a lot of people who are familiar with infections caused by bacteria. Azithromycin tablets are useful antibiotic treatments that are geared towards eliminating bacterial infections, and the active ingredient in these azithromycin tablets is actually derived from erythromycin, an antibiotic that is also common and well known all over the world. What makes azithromycin tablets more beneficial than erythromycin is that it is a bit more potent against certain bacteria-causing species, and the fact that the active ingredient of azithromycin tablets are not quickly eliminated from the body, which means that it is very effective in totally eliminating a lot of infections with only 3 to 5 days of once-a-day use, compared to up to 2 weeks intake of erythromycin at 3 to 4 times per day. With azithromycin tablets, you have higher chances of getting rid of bacterial infections fast without having to spend more.
Azithromycin tablets are normally used alone in most situations, or they can also be used in combination with other drugs to help treat patients with bacterial-related infections including pharyngitis, gastrointestinal infections caused by accidental eating of food that is contaminated, otitis media, community-acquired respiratory infections which also include pneumonia, and even in cases of gonorrheal infections. Azithromycin tablets are very important and thus they are included on the World Health Organization’s list of important medicines that must be present in a basic health system of a community.
Azithromycin tablets simply prevent bacteria from continuing to thrive and grow by means of obstructing their process of protein synthesis (or their ability to make protein). The active ingredient of the azithromycin tablets bind to the bacterial ribosome’s 50S subunit, thus preventing the progression of mRNA translation. This results to the demise of the bacteria.
Azithromycin tablets are available as film-coated 250 mg and 500 mg as well as capsules in 250 mg and 500 mg form. In 2010, azithromycin tablets were the most-prescribed antibiotics for patients in the United States.
Azithromycin tablets work best when its amount is at optimum working level in the body. Thus, it is wise to take azithromycin tablets at the same time each and every day until the full treatment course is finished. Patients are advised to continue on taking this drug up until the prescribed treatment regimen is completed, even if the signs and symptoms have already disappeared in just a day or two after taking azithromycin tablets. The rationale for this is that if you stop the medication a little bit early, there is a high chance that the bacteria may continue to grow (even if the bacteria is almost gone, but still present in the body), leading to a recurrence or return of the infection.
Just like any other antibiotic, be careful when taking azithromycin tablets as it can cause you some of the most common side effects such as: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Just below 1% of patients actually stop taking azithromycin tablets because of side effects, which means that taking azithromycin tablets are relatively safe for everyone’s use. However, for some individuals, they may experience adverse side effects such as dermatologic reactions, nervousness and anaphylactic shock when they take azithromycin tablets. When they do experience such side effects, they are to stop taking azithromycin tablets immediately and consult their doctor for an alternative.