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Roxithromycin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Roxithromycin belongs to a group of medicines called macrolide antibiotics. It is used to prevent and treat bacterial infection of the urinary tract and inner layers of the skin. It also treats respiratory infections from both upper and lower airways, such as otitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. Roxithromycin prevents bacteria from growing, by interfering with their protein synthesis. Take Roxithromycin as directed by your physician. The usual dose is a 150 mg tablet twice daily, taken at morning and evening, before meals.

Roxithromycin can also cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most common side effects are gastrointestinal; diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Less common side effects include central or peripheral nervous system events such as headaches, dizziness, vertigo, and also rashes, abnormal liver function values and alteration in senses of smell and taste.

There are certain medical conditions that can interact with Roxithromycin. You need to inform your physician if you have the following conditions –

  • You are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including herbal products or drugs obtained without a prescription.
  • You are hypersensitive to specific foods, medicines or other allergens.
  • You suffer from any kind of liver disease or ergot alkaloids.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Your dosage will depend on factors like age, the condition, severity and whether or not you have other medical problems. The effect of this medicine can be observed within 1-2 hours of oral administration and lasts for an average duration of 12 hours. Overdose of this drug can result in symptoms of weakness and dizziness.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.

Acute pharyngitis

Roxithromycin is used to prevent and treat bacterial infections of the throat and airways. Common symptoms may include a sore throat and difficulty in swallowing.

Tonsilitis

Roxithromycin is used to prevent and treat bacterial infection of the tonsils.
Roxithromycin is used to prevent and treat bacterial infections of the sinuses present behind the nose.

Acute bronchitis

Roxithromycin is used to prevent and treat bacterial infection of the airways leading to the lung. It is also used to treat chronic bacterial infections especially when the symptoms get worse.
Roxithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections of the lungs. Symptoms of this condition may include high fever, tiredness, headache etc.

Skin and Soft tissue infections

Roxithromycin is used for the treatment of bacterial infections of the skin and soft tissue beneath the skin. Symptoms may include red and painful hair base, fever and chills etc.

Infections of urinary tract

Roxithromycin is used for the treatment of infection of the urinary tract given that it is not caused by Gonococcal strain of the bacteria.

Impetigo

Roxithromycin is also used to treat bacterial infection of the skin characterized by red and painful sores on the skin around nose and mouth.
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.
Roxithromycin is not recommended for use if you have a severe liver disease or the liver function is severely impaired.
In addition to its intended effect, Roxithromycin may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Nausea and vomiting

Moderate Common

Severe stomach ache

Major Less Common

Severe diarrhea

Major Less Common

Mouth sores

Moderate Common

Vaginal thrush

Moderate Common

Skin rash

Moderate Common

Headache

Minor Common

Ringing or buzzing in the ears

Moderate Less Common

Decreased appetite

Moderate Common

How long is the duration of effect?

The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 12 hours.

What is the onset of action?

The effect of this medicine can be observed within 1-2 hours of oral administration.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

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.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendencies were reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

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

Missed Dose instructions

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 instructions

Contact a doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. You may require immediate medical attention if the symptoms are severe.

India

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Roxithromycin as ingredient
Rekvina Pharmaceuticals
Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Shine Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
Alembic Ltd
Syntho Pharmaceuticals (P) Ltd
Medoz Pharma
Shreya Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd
Rkg Pharma
Que Pharma Pvt. Ltd
Artel Laboratories
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
Alembic Ltd
Graf Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Marc Pharma
Roxithromycin is an antibiotic that prevents the growth of bacteria by inhibiting the synthesis of protein in their cells. It binds itself to the bacterial ribosome and inhibits the synthesis of peptides. It diffuses easily into phagocytes and most tissues.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Liver Disease

Major
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

Moderate
This medicine should be used with caution in patients having heart rhythm disorders. Suitable dose adjustment and safety monitoring is advised in such cases.

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

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

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Cisapride

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. You may require a dose adjustment and clinical monitoring of symptoms while taking them together.

Warfarin

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. You may require a dose adjustment and clinical monitoring of clotting time while taking them together. Any unexpected bleeding, presence of blood in vomit and stools should be reported to the doctor immediately.

Theophylline

Major
Report the usage of Theophylline to the doctor if Roxithromycin is prescribed. Suitable dose adjustment and safety monitoring are advised in such cases.

Ergot alkaloids

Major
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. Since the use of these medicines together is not recommended, your doctor may prescribe an alternative. Do not stop the use of any medication without consulting your doctor.

Disopyramide

Major
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. You may require an adjusted dose of Disopyramide when taking it along with Roxithromycin. Adverse effects like heart rhythm disorders and increased heart beat should be reported immediately.
What are you using Roxithromycin for?
Other
Sinusitis
Infections of urinary tract
Acute pharyngitis
Acute bronchitis
Tonsilitis
Skin and Soft tissue infections
Pneumonia
Impetigo
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Poor
Average
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 2 days
Within 2 hours
Within a day
Within 6 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Twice a day
Once a day
Thrice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
Empty stomach
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Headache
Severe diarrhea
buzzing in the ears
Nausea
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi I am pranjal my age is 17 I have pain in my throat and difficult to drink water and to eat food I am taking roxithromycin and wikoryl is it good or go with cefixime200 mg.

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Dear lybrate-user good morning. Tablets you asked can be taken together, but I advise you to take it after consultation of doctor. Wish you a healthy life.
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About Roxithromycin
When is Roxithromycin prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Roxithromycin ?
What are the side effects of Roxithromycin ?
Key highlights of Roxithromycin
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Roxithromycin approved?
Medicines containing Roxithromycin
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Roxithromycin ?