Who can take roxithromycin?

Things to tell your doctor before you take roxithromycin

It is important to tell your health professional if you:

  • are taking any other medicines
  • have a current illness
  • have any allergies to food or other medicines (e.g. other antibiotics)
  • have any long-term health conditions (e.g. heart, liver or kidney problems).

This will help your health professional decide if roxithromycin is suitable for you.

Heart problems

Roxithromycin can affect your heart rate, so you must tell your doctor if you have any heart problems (e.g. irregular heart beat or arrhythmia).

Liver problems

You must tell your doctor if you have any liver problems, as you may need a lower dose of roxithromycin.

Antibiotics and allergic reactions

If you or your child has ever had an allergic reaction when taking roxithromycin or any antibiotic in the past, you must tell your doctor. This may mean that you will not be able to take roxithromycin and will have to take an alternative type of antibiotic.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include:

  • hives (large, red raised areas on the skin)
  • swollen lips, tongue, or mouth
  • fever
  • breathing problems
  • fainting.

Can I take roxithromycin if I am pregnant?

Roxithromycin can be taken during pregnancy.

Can I take roxithromycin if I am breastfeeding?

Roxithromycin can be taken if you are breastfeeding, but it may cause diarrhoea in your baby.

Find out more about the infections roxithromycin is used for, and its side effects and interactions.

Phone for medicines information

Call NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia.

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