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Zithromax is an oral tablet consisting of an antibiotic called azithromycin. We carry both the brand name Zithromax and its generic alternative in 250mg and 500mg!
Zithromax is a medication used for a variety of bacterial infections. This includes bacterial infections of the respiratory system (like acute otitis media (AOM) or diphtheria), skin (like boils or impetigo), ears, and sexually transmitted diseases (like chlamydia or gonorrhea). This medication will not help viral or fungal infections.
Zithromax (azithromycin) is effective at treating bacterial infections because as an antibiotic, Zithromax is able to stop the growth of the bacteria causing the infection. This will allow the immune system to fight the infection faster and easier.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Zithromax (azithromycin) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget. You should not take doses that are higher or lower than directed. Infection symptoms sometimes disappear before the infection is actually cleared up; do not stop using this medication if you feel better; use this medication for the full prescribed length. Do not skip doses or you risk the infection becoming resistant to treatment.
This medication may be taken with or without food; however it is directed by your doctor.
Store at room temperature away from areas with risk of moisture or heat.
Do not use Zithromax (azithromycin)
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to azithromycin or if you have ever had jaundice or liver problems such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, or telithromycin.
Do not give Zithromax to a child under the age of 6 months old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To make sure Zithromax is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, a heart rhythm disorder, low levels of potassium in your blood, or long QT syndrome (personal or family history).
This medication is not expected to harm an unborn baby however it is still recommended you tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
It is not known if this medication will pass into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
***If a baby taking this medication becomes irritable or vomits while eating or nursing; contact a doctor right away. Older adults may find side effects affecting heart rhythm such as life-threatening fast heartbeat; if this occurs, consult your doctor.***
Common side effects of Zithromax (azithromycin) may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain; or
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Zithromax (azithromycin) may include:
severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody; or
fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, shortness of breath, and sudden dizziness (like you might pass out).
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
liver problems: nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
What are some other examples of bacterial infections treatable with Zithromax?
Other conditions this medication can help treat include strep throat, Lyme disease, whooping cough, traveler’s diarrhea, AIDS with toxoplasmosis, middle ear infection caused by Moraxella catarrhalis, and chronic bronchitis.
What is the average dose for an adult with STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)?
The average dose for an adult with STDs is 1000mg (1g).
Can children use this medication?
Yes. Children who are at least 6 months can use this medication safely and effectively.
Does this medication have any drug interactions?
Some drugs that may interact with this medication includes amiodarone, betrixaban, cisapride, dronedarone, halofantrine, ibutilide, leflunomide, pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, thioridazine, ziprasidone, and others.
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