Roxithromycin

Description

Roxithromycin is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It is used to prevent and treat bacterial infection of the lungs, airways, urinary tract and inner layers of the skin.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Roxithromycin

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe stomach ache
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Mouth sores
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Skin rash
  • Headache
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • Decreased appetite

Uses of Roxithromycin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Acute pharyngitis
  • Tonsilitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Skin and Soft tissue infections
  • Infections of urinary tract
  • Impetigo
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 1-2 hours of oral administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 12 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    Consult your doctor and discuss the potential benefits and risks associated before deciding to take the medicine. No adverse effects have been reported but caution is advised while using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Use of this medicine while breastfeeding is not recommended. You should discontinue breastfeeding if the use of this medicine is absolutely necessary.

Allergy

Roxithromycin is not recommended for use if you have a history of allergy to it or any other component of the medicine.

Ergot alkaloids

Roxithromycin is not recommended for use along with medicines containing ergot alkaloids. These ergot medicines are used to treat migraine headaches in most cases.

Liver disease

Roxithromycin is not recommended for use if you have a severe liver disease or the liver function is severely impaired.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Consult your doctor and discuss the potential benefits and risks associated before deciding to take the medicine. No adverse effects have been reported but caution is advised while using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Use of this medicine while breastfeeding is not recommended. You should discontinue breastfeeding if the use of this medicine is absolutely necessary.
General warnings

Diarrhea

Use of this medicine can cause mild to moderate diarrhea. However, if the condition severe then you should report it to the doctor. Consult you doctor before taking any medication for diarrhea.

Oral thrush

Use of this medicine can cause mouth sores that may appear while usage or soon after discontinuing the use. Contact your doctor if have sores in mouth or swelling of lips or tongue.

Vaginal thrush

Use of this medicine can cause itching and burning sensations in the vagina and may cause an abnormal discharge as well. Contact your doctor if such symptoms are experienced while using this medicine.

Surgery

Report the use of this medicine to the doctor if you are planning to undergo a surgery which will require the administration of general anesthesia.

Liver disease

This medicine should be used with caution if you have an active Liver disease or impaired liver function. Close monitoring and suitable dose adjustment are advised.

Myasthenia gravis

This medicine should not be used or used with modified dosage if you have this disorder which causes muscle fatigue.

Super resistance

Contact your doctor if symptoms of infection do not improve even after this medicine is consumed for 3-4 days. Prolonged usage of this medicine without getting the desired effect may prove harmful and treating subsequent infections may become difficult.

Drug resistance

It is recommended to complete the dosage of antibiotics even when the symptoms have improved. The bacteria might become drug-resistant on incomplete dosing and may make treatment of subsequent infections difficult.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped. Ensure that there is sufficient time gap between two doses.

Overdose

Contact a doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. You may require immediate medical attention if the symptoms are severe.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Cisapride

Warfarin

Theophylline

Ergot alkaloids

Disopyramide

Disease interactions

Liver Disease

This medicine should be administered with extreme caution in patients having an active liver disease or impaired kidney function. Regular monitoring of liver function is recommended especially when the usage of the medicine is long term.

Heart rhythm disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients having heart rhythm disorders. Suitable dose adjustment and safety monitoring is advised in such cases.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Roxithromycin as prescribed by the doctor. It is important that the dose is completely taken even after the symptoms have improved. Use of this medicine without a prescription is not recommended.
Miscelleneous

Food timings: Information not available

Administration time: Information not available

Sleep inducing: Information not available

How it works
This medicine interferes with the protein formation and preventing the growth of the bacterium.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Macrolides

Schedule

Schedule H

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http://www.mims.com/india/drug/info/roxithromycin/?type=full&mtype=generic#Indications

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Information on this page was last updated on 20 Mar 2017

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