How do I take azithromycin?
Always follow your health professional’s instructions for taking azithromycin. They will advise you about how many doses are needed each day, and how long to take azithromycin for.
If your symptoms don’t improve after a few days of taking azithromycin, or your symptoms get worse, see your doctor.
Tips for being medicinewise with antibiotics
Take your antibiotics at the right time and for as long as directed, even if you are feeling better.
Don’t keep unused antibiotics for another time — return leftover pills to your pharmacy for disposal.
Don’t share antibiotics with others — they may have a different infection and this can lead to antibiotic resistance.
The consumer medicines information (CMI) leaflet for your antibiotic can provide more information about how to take your medicine.
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- Sweetman S, ed. Martindale: The complete drug reference [online]. London: Pharmaceutical Press (accessed 18 October 2011).
- Antibiotic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Azithromycin. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, 2012 (accessed 27 March 2012).