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Roxythromycin is an antibiotic that is used to cure infections like Acute pharyngitis (sore throat and discomfort when swallowing), Tonsillitis, Sinusitis, Acute Bronchitis and skin infections caused by several susceptible bacteria.
How it is taken
Roxythromycin can be taken by mouth with or without food. If you have trouble swallowing it whole, you may also take it by crushing or chewing it. Take it for the entire duration of treatment preferably at the same time everyday.
Do not stop without consulting your doctor. The best way to use the drug is as recommended by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Roxythromycin and you are on a regular dosage then you may take it as soon as you remember and adjust the remaining doses accordingly. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose then you may skip this dose and continue with the regular dosage. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Store it at room temperature (between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in an air tight container protecting it from direct exposure to light, heat and moisture. Keep away from pets and children.
Discuss with your doctor about any prior medical condition that you may have including allergies to medicines, food or other substances.
You must not take if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are, then stop using Roxythromycin and contact your doctor immediately.
It is unknown whether Roxythromycin is secreted in breast milk. Avoid breast feeding while using the drug.
Certain drugs can interact with Roxythromycin and hence, mention clearly to your doctor or pharmacist all medicines, dietary supplements and herbal prescriptions that you are taking.
Roxythromycin is an antibiotic and Mild diarrhea is common with such drugs. However in the rarest of cases, it may also cause a serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis). If you notice cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools, then contact your doctor immediately.
Long term use may lead to a second infection.
Periodic lab tests including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts may be recommended to monitor your health while taking the drug. Ensure that you do not miss any lab tests.
Some of the common side effects of are diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting. Please contact your doctor if the symptoms persist or become bothersome.
Other severe side effects include severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), bloody stools, hearing changes, irregular heartbeat, red, swollen, or blistered skin, severe diarrhea, severe stomach pain or cramps, yellowing of skin or eyes.
You must seek medical attention immediately if any of these side effects occur.