What is Roxithromycin?
Roxithromycin is the name of an antibiotic that has been specifically developed for effective treatment when administered orally. It belongs to the class of macrolides.
This antibiotic is found in many drugs, including the eponymous Roxithromycin.
The peculiarity of roxithromycin is that it is able to withstand the acidic environment of the digestive tract and at the same time act on different types of pathogenic microorganisms. Due to this property, roxithromycin is often used for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: gastritis, ulcers, etc.
Drugs containing the antibiotic roxithromycin begin to act within 15 minutes after taking the pill.
Indications for use
Roxithromycin, the instructions for use of which contain detailed information about the medication, is effective in many health problems.
All respiratory infections:
- whooping cough;
- otitis media;
- acute bronchitis or acute stage; panbronchiolitis;
- scarlet fever;
- bronchiectatic disease;
- bacterial infections in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Infectious diseases of the genitourinary system:
- genital infections (exception – gonorrhea);
- chronic prostatitis.
Infectious diseases of soft tissues and skin:
- acute gastroenterocolitis;
- duodenal ulcer;
- chronic gastritis.
In addition to the above, the drug is effective for acne, odontogenic infections, periodontitis, periostitis, chronic osteomyelitis, trachoma, migratory erythema, brucellosis.
Roxithromycin also recommends use as a prophylactic: in contact with patients with meningitis, to prevent bacteremia after dental procedures in patients with endocarditis. In addition, taking Roxithromycin helps to avoid the occurrence of rheumatic fever.
Before using any drug, you should carefully study the instructions that come with it. This is especially true for broad-spectrum antibiotics, which often have a large list of side effects and contraindications. You should not take the drug without a doctor’s prescription.
In the first days of taking the medicine, you must carefully monitor the patient’s condition, so as not to miss the manifestation of any symptoms of an overdose or intolerance to the drug.
Contraindications for the use of roxithromycin include:
- intolerance to the antibiotic roxithromycin and other macrolides;
- age up to 2 months;
- pregnancy and lactation.
In case of an overdose of Roxithromycin, you should rinse the stomach of the victim and consult a doctor who will prescribe symptomatic treatment.
Instruction for use
Dispersible tablets have an antibiotic dosage of 50 mg, while conventional tablets are available in various dosages: 300, 150, 100 and 50 mg.
Based on the recommended daily dose of the drug, it is more convenient to buy Roxithromycin with an antibiotic content of 50 or 150 mg.
The drug should be taken 20 minutes before meals. Taking the pill with or after meals will be less effective, since the digestion process may interfere with the full absorption of the medicine.
Compliance with the recommended dosage allows you to get the soonest effect from taking the drug and avoid side effects.
Roxithromycin for adults – 300 mg per day. The duration of the course depends on the severity of the disease and can range from 5 to 21 days – this is determined by the doctor, based on the results of the examination and indicators of the patient’s analyzes.
Roxithromycin is prescribed for children from 5 to 8 mg per kilogram of the child’s weight per day.
If the patient has liver failure, then this does not allow to fully remove this medicine from the body, therefore, such patients are prescribed a half dose from the usual one – 150 mg per day.
Roxithromycin (tablets) rarely causes any side effects.
In isolated cases, the following symptoms were noted: flatulence, vomiting, decreased appetite, nausea, change in smell and taste, diarrhea, abdominal pain. Even less likely, an increase in body temperature, an allergic reaction, dizziness, headaches, candidiasis of the vagina and oral cavity can occur.
If any negative symptoms appear, stop using the drug and consult a doctor.
Roxithromycin should be taken with caution in people over 60 years of age. This is due to a decrease in hepatic and renal activity in the elderly, and the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys are the main organs through which this drug is excreted.