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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 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.

Side Effects

***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:

  • diarrhea;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain; or
  • headache.

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 is Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that comes in the form of an oral tablet, sold as brand-name Zithromax. Each tablet contains 250 or 500 mg of Azithromycin, which can be purchased as a brand-name product or a generic alternative. We carry both forms at My Drug Center, available in both strengths to those with a valid prescription.


What is Azithromycin used for?

Azithromycin is used as a treatment for a variety of bacterial infections.  This includes middle ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, as well as traveler’s diarrhea and other intestinal infections. It can also be prescribed to help treat a variety of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. There are many other bacterial infections Azithromycin is used for, however; it is not effective in treating viral or fungal infections.


How does Azithromycin work?

Azithromycin works by killing or preventing the growth of bacteria in the body causing the infection. It does this by interfering with the bacteria’s protein synthesis.


Azithromycin side effects how long do they last?

Side effects are a response from your body when taking a new medication; they are normal and usually expected. Sometimes, side effects can be a sign that the medication is working, so they aren’t entirely a bad thing. Most side effects will go away on their own once the body adjusts to the new medication. This usually takes a couple weeks, though it may vary between each individual. If side effects persist or become worse over time, you may want to speak with your health care professional.


How long does it take for Azithromycin to work?

Many personal factors – such as age, weight, and gender, to name a few – can influence how long it takes a medication to begin working. Due to this, there is no one right answer to this question, but there is an average amount of time it may take to begin working. In general, Azithromycin begins to work fairly soon, with improvement showing only a few days into treatment. Keep in mind, you may feel better, but that does not necessarily mean that your infection has completely healed; if you feel better, continue to take your medication for the entire prescribed duration.


How much is Azithromycin?                                                                                          

My Drug Center offers you Azithromycin as generic Zithromax for only $95.00 when you buy a supply of 30 (250mg) tablets. In the United States, 30 brand-name tablets would cost you more than 16 times as much. You can place an order today and save on your medication by calling our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; you will require a valid prescription.


How long does Azithromycin stay in your system?

The amount of time Azithromycin will remain in the system for will depend on many personal factors. For Azithromycin, the main factor is how often you use the drug. Azithromycin has a half-life of 11-14 hours, which means it will stay in the system for up to 2.9 days (70 hours) following a single dose. However, if you take this medication on a dosing regimen, the half-life will extend. For multiple dosing (taking another dose before the first dose has cleared the system), the half-life is much longer, around 68 hours. A medication with a half-life of 68 hours will remain in the system for roughly 14 days (340 hours).


How to take Azithromycin?

When prescribing the medication to you, your doctor will explain exactly how they want you to take your dose; this will also include when to take Azithromycin for the best results. Follow only your doctor’s directions on how to use Azithromycin. Generally, you can take the dose whenever is most convenient for you but it should be taken at the same time each day. When you take your dose, swallow the tablet whole without crushing or chewing it. Most patients only require one dose per day. Remember, your symptoms may clear up before the infection does, which is why it is important to continue taking your medication for the entire prescribed time, even if you feel better. If you have any additional questions on how to take Zithromax (Azithromycin); contact a health care professional.


How to reduce the side effects of Azithromycin?

Upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea or loose stools, and headache are some of the most commonly reported side effects of Azithromycin. If these side effects are intolerable, it is important to notify your doctor right away. However, if they are subtle or infrequent but still annoying or uncomfortable, you may want to consider these tips to alleviating your side effects:

Upset stomach:  Try taking your dose with a meal.

Nausea: Avoid fatty or fried foods and lie completely flat when resting. Try taking your dose at bedtime and/or with ginger tea.

Diarrhea: Try taking your dose with a probiotic and/or raspberry leaf tea.

Headache: Avoid food high in histamines (fermented dairy products like cheese; fermented vegetables like kimchi; and pickles or pickled veggies). Try taking a Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen).

However, it is very important you speak with your doctor before trying to alleviate your symptoms on your own. Do not take your dose with food, a probiotic, or with a Tylenol (or any other medication) without getting approval from your doctor first.


What type of antibiotic is Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is a unique macrolide antibiotic; it is different from other macrolide antibiotics (which include Clarithromycin, Erythromycin, and Fidaxomicin) because it does not extensively inhibit the CYP3A4 enzyme like the others do. Macrolides are created by various strains of Streptomyces (a type of bacteria), have complex macrocyclic structures, and are considered broad spectrum antibiotics.


How effective is Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is a very effective medication which has been used for many years (since 1998) and can be found on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, a list of both safe and effective medicines necessary in a health system. In 2010, Azithromycin was the most prescribed antibiotic in the United States for outpatients and in 2017, it was the second most prescribed. Additionally, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that for the treatment of chlamydia, a single 1g dose of Azithromycin has a cure rate of 97%.


Where can I buy Azithromycin?

You can purchase the brand-name product from the comfort of your own home through My Drug Center. Online Canadian Pharmacy services like My Drug Center make it possible for you to order medication internationally without having to leave your home. Additionally, international prices are much cheaper than what you would generally find at local United States pharmacies. So not only is filling your prescription easy, but also easier on the wallet. Order today by calling our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; keep in mind, you will require a valid prescription for this medication.

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