How To Take Azithromycin
Take the capsules exactly as directed. You should take these with a glass of water on an empty stomach (no food for 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking).

You must not have sex for 7 days after starting treatment. If a partner is also being treated, you must not have sex until their 7 days is also complete. This means no sex even with a condom, and no oral sex.

Side Effects
Azithromycin may cause nausea and vomiting. If you vomit within three hours of taking the capsules you should return to the clinic for alternative antibiotic treatment.

If you notice a rash or reddening of your skin contact the clinic for advice. If out of hours, please contact your GP or A&E (Emergency Department Finder).

Please read the Azithromycin Summary of Product Characteristics for more detailed information.

Female Patients
The effectiveness of the contraceptive pill after the ‘no sex’ 7 days may be reduced if you develop vomiting and / or diarrhoea after taking the antibiotics.

If this occurs, continue taking your pill as usual but follow the advice for your pill about using extra precautions (e.g. condoms) when you miss pills or have vomiting and or diarrhoea.

If you are concerned that you might be at risk of pregnancy from unprotected sex you can access emergency contraception.