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Molecule Description

Roxithromycin is used for the treatment of bacterial infections of the respirat

ory tract, skin, urinary tract, etc. It belongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics. Roxithromycin is available in the form of tablet, capsule, syrup, suspension, oral liquid, oral drops. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding and about all the medicines and supplements you take and all the conditions or diseases you suffer from, before starting roxithromycin.


Uses of Roxithromycin

Roxithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections in various parts of the body such as ear nose and throat infections, lungs & airways infection, skin infections, urinary tract infections.

Contraindications of Roxithromycin

When should one not use Roxithromycin

  • If you are allergic to roxithromycin or similar antibiotics (macrolide) such as azithromycin
  • If you have problems with your liver
  • If you are on any medication for migraine.

Side effects of Roxithromycin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea

Precautions and Warnings of Roxithromycin



Can I take roxithromycin during pregnancy?
It is not advised to take roxithromycin during pregnancy until it is considered essential by the doctor and potential risks justify the benefits.

Breast Feeding

Can I take roxithromycin while breastfeeding?
Consult your doctor before using roxithromycin while breastfeeding as it passes into breast milk. If prescribed, watch out for dairrhoea or diaper rash in the new-born baby. If if appears, then stop the medicine and inform the doctor.


Can I drive if I have taken roxithromycin?
Roxithromycin may make you feel drowsy, thus you need to be cautious while driving.


Can I consume alcohol with roxithromycin?
Avoid consuming alcohol with roxithromycin, as it may worsen the side effects.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your heart, liver or kidneys
  • You are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • You develop continuous diarrhoea after taking roxithromycin

Mode of Action of Roxithromycin

How Does It Work?

Roxithromycin works by stopping the growth of bacteria causing infection.

Interactions of Roxithromycin

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way roxithromycin works, or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements, or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interaction.
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Content Details


Dr. Mansi Savla

B. Pharm, PharmD


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Can roxithromycin be used for viral infections?

A: No, roxithromycin is not effective against viral infections.

Q: In which all dosage forms is roxithromycin available?

A: Roxithromycin is available in the form of tablet, capsule, syrup, suspension, oral liquid, oral drops.
Last Updated on: 19 Nov 2021 | 10:55 AM (IST)

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