Imitrex is azalide antibiotic of the group of macrolides, such as, for example, erythromycin. Active substance is azithromycin – the medicine which is similar to the well-known and widely used drug, Sumamed. The action of Imitrex is described as bacteriostatic – that is, this drug has the ability to suppress the multiplication of microorganisms. However, if the concentration of the antibiotic reaches a certain value, it is able to destroy bacteria, that is, to show a bactericidal effect. Treatment with Imitrex is possible in case of infectious diseases that are caused by different microorganisms – gram-negative (Gardnerella, Legionella and so on), intracellular (chlamydia, spirochetes, Mycoplasma). In particular, Helicobacter pylori that causes stomach ulcer, is also sensitive to the medication. However, if the microorganisms are resistant to erythromycin, they will not succumb to therapy with Imitrex. The main group of diseases which are prescribed with this medication are urinary infections – gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial prostatitis. Imitrex is equally important for the treatment of infections of the respiratory tract, stomach, skin and so on.
Imitrex is released in the form of capsules. The instruction of the drug emphasizes that the high activity of this antibiotic allows the use of single daily doses and significantly reduce treatment time. It is impossible to combine reception of Imitrex with food as this reduces its digestibility. The capsules are taken before meals (per hour) or after (no earlier than two hours). Tables of standard schemes of treatment of some diseases show that the maximum duration of the course is five days with a single dose capsule a day. Before treatment a patient should be deleted from intolerance of antibiotics-analogues, other macrolides, as well as, severe violations of the liver and kidneys. Pregnancy or breast-feeding is a dangerous period for the appointment of Imitrex, when you should responsibly weigh the risks and perceived benefits of therapy.
Side effects and overdose
Macrolides in general and Imitrex in particular are antibiotics of high security. Usually they do not cause marked or severe lesions. Sometimes these are indigestion, nausea and other reactions on the part of the digestive system. Some patients have had allergic rashes, e.g. urticaria. Changes of some blood parameters are possible, but usually they come back to norm without any additional treatment, after the course of Imitrex.
The overdose may cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, hearing loss (temporary). Treatment consists in the speedy removal of the drug from the body, relieving the observed symptoms.
In any case, antibiotics can not be prescribed by yourself before a visit to a doctor. You also shouldn’t change the assigned dose, duration of treatment, prescribed treatment regimens. This axiom fully applies to such an effective drug, as Imitrex.