Azithromycin tablets belong to a class of antibiotics that is mainly used for treating certain infections caused by bacterial organisms. Azithromycin tablets are considered as an azalide, a type of macrolide antibiotics that possesses a nitrogen component in its macrolide ring, thereby providing the molecule with better stability. Azithromycin tablets are actually derived from erythromycin; however, one of the obvious differences between them is that azithromycin tablets are more effectively stronger against certain bacterial organisms as compared to that of erythromycin. Another notable difference between azithromycin tablets and erythromycin is that azithromycin tablets takes longer to be fully eliminated from the human body, thereby allowing azithromycin tablets to get rid of several infections with just 3 up to 5 days of once-a-day intake as compared to that of erythromycin, in which one has to take tablets 3 to 4 times per day within a period of up to 2 weeks just to achieve the same result.
Azithromycin tablets are commonly used as a stand-alone treatment drug or it can also be used in combination with other medicines in order to help treat gastrointestinal infections such as those acquired by eating food that is contaminated, respiratory infections such as pneumonia, otitis media (middle ear infections), bacterial sinusitis, pharyngitis or tonsillitis and even gonorrhea. Azithromycin tablets are so important that they are included in the list of the most important medications by the World Health Organization.
Azithromycin tablets’ action within the body is that it prevents bacterial cells from growing via interfering with their creation of protein. The active ingredient of azithromycin tablets, azithromycin, connects or binds to the bacterial ribosome’s 50S subunit, rendering the bacterial cell unable to translate mRNA.
Azithromycin tablets are known as antibiotics that are acid-stable which means you can take them without needing the protection of stomach acids. Azithromycin tablets are readily absorbed by the body; however, it is recommended that azithromycin tablets be taken on an empty stomach because the absorption rate is greater and the effect of the drug is more effective. In most cases, the azithromycin tablets you take shall be in full effect within 2 to 3 hours.
Keep in mind that antibiotics such as azithromycin tablets work best when the amount of medicine inside your body is maintained at a steady level. With that said, you should take azithromycin tablets at around the same time you take them each day.
If you are prescribed to take azithromycin tablets by your doctor, it is best that you first read the pamphlet that comes with your medicine pack. Make sure that you take azithromycin tablets orally as instructed by your doctor, typically once per day with or without any food. In case you get an upset stomach, you must take azithromycin tablets with food every time. The dosage of azithromycin tablets depend on the bacterial infection you have, your current medical condition and your reaction to the treatment. The dosage of azithromycin tablets available in the market are 250 mg and 500 mg and these tablets are usually film coated.