Roxithromycin is a medication that might be prescribed to you if you have a bacterial infection and if the symptoms are putting you in danger.
It is used in the treatment of respiratory infections and even pneumonia. It is also used to treat certain disorders affecting the skin caused by bacteria.
If you are not a healthy person, or if you have a current serious health disorder, you may be more at risk of coming across certain adverse effects.
This drug kills bacteria that are responsible for infection of the respiratory system, such as the bacteria that cause pneumonia.
It works by stopping the critical functions the bacterium needs to perform in order to survive. This includes the production of proteins and stopping reproduction of the cell.
Tell your doctor before you take this medicine if you are currently on a course of treatment with another medicine, whether herbal or pharmaceutical.
If you have an ongoing illness, tell your doctor, along with information on all your current allergies to medicines and even to food.
If you have long-term health issues or if you have a history of heart, liver and kidney disease, it is best to talk to your doctor immediately.
This drug is able to impact your pulse, so you have to tell your physician if you have heart conditions such as arrhythmia, or are at risk of heart attacks.
If you have liver problems such as hepatitis, you may need to take a different dose of Roxithromycin than the usual.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any antibiotics, or if a direct family member does.
This drug can be taken without any problems while you are pregnant, and even if you are breastfeeding. However, it could cause mild diarrhea in a nursing infant.
Make sure you follow all of the instructions your doctor has given to you. Do not deviate from the prescription in any way. Do not take it in larger or smaller doses than you have been told to.
Never take this drug for longer than you have been advised to in your prescription. If, after a few days, your symptoms get worse or do not get better, tell your doctor.
Take this antibiotic at the time you have been told to. Try to be as precise as you can. Do not stop taking it just because you feel better.
If you stop and there are extra pills left, throw them away safely at your nearest pharmacy. Never keep old pills. Do not share these pills with anyone else.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose of this drug, take the missed dose as soon as you know. If you are about to take the next dose, ignore the one you missed. Never take an extra dose to make up for the missed dose.
If you overdose on this drug, call your local poison hotline and emergency services immediately.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Call your doctor if you experience these.
Stop taking it immediately if you have an allergic reaction.
Do not take with medicine used to treat Parkinson’s.
Do not take with alcohol.