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Azithromycin for Diabetes

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Azithromycin for Diabetes

Azithromycin is a popular antibiotic that mainly fights against bacterial infections. Some infections caused by bacteria include sexually transmitted diseases, eye infections, ear infections, skin infections, and respiratory infections. 

After consuming Azithromycin, there is a slight fluctuation in the levels of blood sugar. Patients who have diabetes can take this antibiotic. It is important to know that when diabetes worsens, the risks of getting a number of infections, including infections in hands and feet, skin infections, UTIs, etc., also increases. Azithromycin helps patients who have diabetes manage these infections without adverse effects. 

What are the uses of Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is an antibiotic mainly used to treat bacterial infections. Bacterial infections in the lungs, soft tissues, skin, throat, nose, ear, sinus, tonsils, and others can be treated with the help of this medication. 

Azithromycin can also be used to treat pneumonia and sexually transmitted diseases(STDs). It prevents the synthesis of proteins used by bacteria to cause infections. Additionally, it stops the bacteria from growing, preventing the infection from spreading further. 

Azithromycin can also treat COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cervicitis, urethritis, chancroid genital ulcers, etc.

What are the side effects of Azithromycin?

Like all the other medications, Azithromycin can cause some side effects. Some of the common side effects of Azithromycin are:

• Changes in your sense of taste

• Feeling dizzy as well as tired

• Headaches

• Lose your appetite

• Feeling sick

• Vomiting

• Diarrhoea

• Nausea

• It is recommended to take the Azithromycin on time even if you experience the above side effects. You must talk to your doctor if these side effects bother you too much and do not go away over time.

• Some rare side effects of Azithromycin which are rare are:

• Irregular heartbeat or a faster heartbeat (arrhythmia)

• The white area or region of your eye turning yellow, or your skin colour turning yellow, dark pee with a pale poo- these side effects can be signs or symptoms of gallbladder problems or liver problems.

• Severe pain in your back or your stomach-this side effect can be a sign or symptom of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)

• Diarrhoea with muscle cramps that contain either mucus or blood. If you suffer from severe diarrhoea with mucus or blood for more than four days, you should speak with your doctor.

• The above-given side effects are serious as well as rare and happen in less than 1 in 1000 people. If you suffer from any of the above serious side effects, you should immediately consult your doctor.

Is Azithromycin safe for diabetes? 

Patients who have diabetes are also prone to many infections and UTIs that can result in various serious conditions. There are several benefits that Azithromycin provides to diabetic patients, which protect them from various infections without any serious or adverse effects. It is completely safe for patients who have diabetes. There is a slight fluctuation in the levels of sugar in diabetic patients after taking Azithromycin, but these sugar levels return to a normal level after some. Azithromycin can help diabetic patients treat and prevent the spread of various infections such as ear infections, eye infections, STDs, and other infections. 

Bottomline

Azithromycin is an antibiotic that is commonly used to treat infections that are caused due to bacteria. If you are allergic to this antibiotic, suffer from liver problems, or have ever suffered from jaundice, you should consult with a healthcare professional before taking the medicine. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby, then also consult a doctor before consuming Azithromycin. 

Common side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, etc., are not serious but can be considered serious when they last for a longer time. If you suffer from any serious side effects mentioned above, talk to your doctor at the earliest. 

FAQs 

Who cannot use Azithromycin?

Under the following conditions and circumstances, you can not use Azithromycin:

• Yellowing of the eyes or yellowing of the skin is caused due to jaundice

• Stoppage in bile flow due to inflammation of the liver

• Abnormal liver function

• Liver problems

• Slow heartbeat

• Diarrhoea

• Low amount of magnesium or potassium in the blood

• Hearing loss

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