Always take this medicine exactly as the doctor or pharmacist has prescribed. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if the patient is not sure.
The recommended dose is: Adults, adolescents and children weighing more than 45 kg: Azithromycin Sandoz is taken as a 3 day course.
Azithromycin Sandoz 250 mg: 3 day course: Take 2 tablets once each day.
For urethra and cervix infections caused by Chlamydia, it is taken as a 1 day course: 1 single dose of 4 tablets (1,000 mg azithromycin).
Use in children: Children and adolescents weighing less than 45 kg should not take these tablets. Azithromycin in other pharmaceutical forms, e.g. oral suspensions, are preferred for these patients.
Patients with kidney or liver problems: The patient should tell the doctor if they have kidney or liver problems as the doctor may need to alter the normal dose.
Dosage for elderly: For elderly the same dosage as for adults applies.
Method of administration: Swallow these tablets once daily with a drink of water. The tablets can be divided into equal halves if required. The patient can take the tablets with or without food.
Taking Azithromycin Sandoz with medicines for indigestion: If the patient needs to take a medicine for indigestion, such as an antacid, take Azithromycin Sandoz at least one hour before or two hours after the antacid.
If the patient takes more Azithromycin Sandoz than they should: If the patient takes too many tablets the patient may feel unwell or be sick. The patient also may experience other side effects such as temporary deafness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Tell the doctor or talk to the nearest hospital casualty department immediately. If possible, take the tablets or the box with the patient to show the doctor what they have taken.
If the patient forgets to take Azithromycin Sandoz: If the patient forgot to take a dose, take it as soon as possible. Then go on as before. Do not take more than one dose in a single day.
If the patient stops taking Azithromycin Sandoz: Always keep taking the tablets until the course is finished, even if the patient feels better. If the patient stops taking the tablets too soon, the infection may come back. Also, the bacteria may become resistant to the medicine and will then be more difficult to treat.
If the patient has any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist.