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Can You Buy Azithromycin Over The Counter?

19th January 2021

Azithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many different bacterial infections. Although commonly known for treating chlamydia and some other sexually transmitted diseases, Azithromycin can also be used to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and infections of the lungs, skin, ears, sinuses and reproductive organs.

It works by stopping the growth of bacteria and you can take Azithromycin with or without meals. Although highly effective with some bacterial infections, it is important to note that Azithromycin will not help with flu, colds, or any other viral infections.

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In fact, using antibiotics when you don’t need to can actually increase your risk of getting an infection later on that resist’s treatment from antibiotics, so you could actually be doing yourself more harm.

Does Azithromycin Have Side Effects?

Some patients do report experiencing side effects when taking Azithromycin tablets, such as nausea, an upset stomach, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. You should not worry if you do experience any of these side effects, however, if they persist or become worse over time, it is important that you speak to a doctor.

There are some side effects that would require immediate contact with your doctor:

  • Deafness/Changes in hearing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Dark urine
  • Exhaustion
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Signs of any liver problems
  • Yellowish skin or eyes

Serious allergic reactions to Azithromycin are infrequent. However, it is crucial that you contact a doctor if you experience any symptoms such as a swollen tongue, lips, face, or a persistent fever that will not go away.

Do I need a prescription for Azithromycin?

It only takes a quick internet search to see that many websites sell Azithromycin without you needing a prescription to purchase. This may lead you to wonder what all the fuss is about and if a prescription is even necessary.

Purchasing Azithromycin online without a prescription or online consultation is incredibly dangerous as you cannot be sure of what you are receiving and if the advertised dosage is current.

When purchasing Azithromycin with UK Meds, you will be required to fill in an online consultation consisting of questions similar to those that would be asked by a GP. These questions include asking about your medical history and the condition which you are looking to treat.

We will then instruct an independent prescriber registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council to review your answers and make an informed decision on whether to send you Azithromycin. This process is essential as it assures you that you are receiving a quality product on the recommendation of a medical professional.