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Roxithromycin

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By Medicover Hospitals / 24 Mar 2021
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What is Roxithromycin?

  • Roxithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that treats bacterial infections of the throat, airways, tonsils, lungs, skin, and urinary tract, which includes kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. This medication kills or slows the bacteria that cause the infection. It is ineffective against viruses-caused infections. The medication is available as tablets, syrup, suspension, and oral drops on prescription.
    1. Roxithromycin Uses
    2. Roxithromycin Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Overdose
    5. Warnings
    6. Storage
    7. Roxithromycin vs Cefixime
    8. Frequently Asked Questions
    9. Citations

    Roxithromycin Uses:

  • The medication is mainly used for the treatment of bacterial infections. It is used to cure the infections like tonsils, sinus, ear, nose, throat, skin and soft tissues. It works by preventing the synthesis of essential proteins that bacteria need to perform their functions. As a result, the bacteria are unable to reproduce, and the infection is prevented from spreading. Mainly, the medication is used for the treatment of bronchitis, pneumonia, skin infections, soft tissue infections, urinary tract infections and impetigo.
  • Roxithromycin Side Effects:

  • Some of the common and major side effects of Roxithromycin are:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea
    • Allergy
    • Stomach ache
    • Vaginal thrush
    • Skin rash
    • Headache
    • Decreased in appetite
  • The common side effects don’t need any medical attention and will disappear as your body gets adjusted to the dosage. But if you are facing any kind of serious or rare side effects then immediately seek medical attention.
  • Precautions:

  • Before taking Roxithromycin talk with your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other medications. The product may contain some inactive ingredients which can cause some serious allergic reactions or other serious problems. Before using the drug talk with your doctor if you are having any medical history such as Kidney disease, liver disease, stomach ulcer and abdominal pain.
  • How to use Roxithromycin?:

  • Roxithromycin should be taken on an empty stomach 15 minutes before or 3 hours after eating. Take it with food if it makes you feel ill. Every day, take roxithromycin at the same time. If you forget to take your dose, remember to do so as soon as possible.
  • For children, take out the appropriate number of capsules from the foil. Place the remaining half of the tablet back in the foil and cover it if your kid is only taking half a tablet at a time. Wait 30 to 40 seconds for the tablets to break down into fine granules after adding them to a small amount of water (about 1 tablespoon). If necessary, give it a good stir.
  • The medication can be taken as the following dosage:
    • One tablet of 300 mg can be taken once a day
    • One tablet of 150 mg can be taken twice a day
    • Two tablets of 150 mg can be taken once a day

    Missed Dose:

  • If you forget to take your dose, remember to take it as soon as possible. However, if your next dose is approaching, simply take it at the scheduled time. Do not take two doses at once as it can increase the chance of getting some unwanted side effects.
  • Overdose:

  • Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed roxithromycin tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.
  • Warnings for some Serious Health Conditions:

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
  • If you're not sure whether or not you should take this drug, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They will assist you in weighing the risks and benefits of taking this medication during pregnancy.
  • Also if you are breastfeeding your infants talk to your doctor first. The medicine can pass into your breastmilk and can cause serious harm to your baby.
  • Storage:

  • Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. Exposure to medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach. Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).
  • Roxithromycin vs Cefixime:

    Roxithromycin
    Cefixime
    Roxithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that treats bacterial infections of the throat, airways, tonsils, lungs, skin, and urinary tract, which includes kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. Cefixime is used to treat infections that are caused by bacteria. There are various bacterial infections like bronchitis, gonorrhoea and infections of ears, throat, tonsils and urinary tract.
    The medication is mainly used for the treatment of bacterial infections. It is used to cure the infections like tonsils, sinus, ear, nose, throat, skin and soft tissues. Cefixime is used for curing bacterial infections which include:
    • Infection in the middle ear
    • Tonsillitis
    • Throat infections
    Some of the common and major side effects of Roxithromycin are:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea
    Some of the common cefixime side effects are:
    • Diarrhea
    • Stomach Pain
    • Gas
    • Heartburn

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    The medication is used to treat the following mild to moderately serious infections in adults that are caused by or are likely to be caused by susceptible microorganisms. Acute pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and sinusitis are examples of upper respiratory tract infections.
    Roxithromycin should be taken 15 minutes prior to eating or on an empty stomach (i.e. more than 3 hours after a meal). It is most effective when taken on an empty stomach.
    It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections, including acute pharyngitis (sore throat and difficulty swallowing) and tonsillitis.
    For the treatment of atypical pneumonia, azithromycin appears to be as effective as roxithromycin. By virtue of its more convenient administration, the 3-day azithromycin regimen may offer an additional benefit over the 10-day roxithromycin regimen.
    The medication appears to be more effective and well-tolerated drug for the treatment of acute or serious sinusitis.
    Roxithromycin works as an antibacterial agent by binding to the bacterial ribosome and disrupting protein synthesis. It's used for the treatment of infections related to the respiratory tract, urinary tract, and soft tissues.
    Some of the common and major side effects of Roxithromycin are:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea

    Citations:

  • Roxithromycin,https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00003495-199448020-00011
  • Roxithromycin in Treatment,https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/20/2/121/496168?login=true