Dirithromycin (brand-name Dynabac) is an antibiotic prescribed for treating a number of infections.
Dirithromycin is taken by mouth, typically once daily for the period of 7 -10 days. Each dirithromycin tablet should be taken whole. The best results from the treatment can be achieved when the medication is taken at evenly spaced time intervals which will ensure a constant level of this drug in the blood. It is usually recommended to administer this medication with food or within one hour after you have a meal. It is important that this drug to be taken for the entirely period prescribed by the medical professional. Don’t stop the treatment without the doctor’s recommendation, otherwise your infection is likely to return.
Certain side effects are common for dirithromycin among which are indigestion, stomach pain, nausea, gas, headache, and dizziness. Less commonly occurred side effects are difficult sleeping or cough. If any of the above mentioned side effects bring you discomfort, notify your healthcare provider. Seek medical attention if you have any of these adverse effects during the use of dirithromycin: sore throat, skin rash, itching, hives, difficult breathing, or severe diarrhea.
The use of this medication for longer than recommended might result in a secondary infection, including oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection.
It is important to discuss your medical history with your medical advisor, particularly if you have such medical conditions as kidney disease, liver disease, jaundice, allergies, colitis or any other stomach disorders.
If you are pregnant you may only use this medication when clearly needed. Small amounts of this medication might be secreted into the breast milk, so consult the medical professional if it can be used during breastfeeding.
You also need to mention all the medications you are currently, especially: antacids, hexobarbital, astemizole, anti-ulcer medications, theophylline, digoxin, triazolam, blood thinners, ergotamine, cyclosporine, calcium channel blockers, and certain others. Note that dirithromycin may interfere with the action of birth control pills that is why some other methods of birth control might need to be used.
If you take too much of this drug, seek a medical help immediately. Signs of overdose include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Dirithromycin is always prescribed for patient’s current health condition only. Never use this medication later for other infections that might occur.
In case you miss a dose, administer once you remember, but skip it if time for your next dose comes.