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Classification: Antibiotics
Generic Name: Azithromycin
Typical Brand Names: Zithromax, Zithromax TRI-PAK, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax

Zithromax capsules and suspension contain the active ingredient azithromycin, which is a type of medicine called a macrolide antibiotic. (NB. Azithromycin is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.) Azithromycin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

Azithromycin works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. Azithromycin therefore stops the spread of infection and remaining bacteria are killed by the body's immune system or eventually die.

Azithromycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is active against a wide variety of bacteria that cause a wide variety of infections. Azithromycin may be used to treat infections of the upper or lower airways, skin or soft tissue, or ears. It is also be used to treat the sexually-transmitted infection chlamydia.

To make sure the bacteria causing an infection are susceptible to azithromycin your doctor may take a tissue sample, for example a swab from the throat or skin.

Product Name Price
Zithromax 250 mg - 6 Tabs (1 Z-Pak) $111.90
Zithromax 250 mg - 12 Tabs (2 Z-Paks) $171.69
Zithromax 250 mg - 18 Tabs (3 Z-Paks) $229.56
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Zithromax Directions To Use

How much Zithromax you take and how often you take it depends on many factors, including the condition being treated and the age and weight of the patient. If you have any questions about the amount and/or frequency of Zithromax you are taking, talk with your health care provider. Carefully read the patient leaflet provided with Zithromax and reread it each time you get this prescription refilled. Take Zithromax exactly -as prescribed by your health care provider.

Zithromax may be taken with or without food. Do not take antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum at the same time that you are taking Zithromax. Long-term or repeated use of Zithromax may cause a second infection. You may need to stop taking Zithromax and start another medication to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.

Take all of the prescribed medicine. Failure to take all of the Zithromax may prevent complete elimination of bacteria, allowing the infection to return. If severe diarrhea, stomach cramps/pain, or bloody stools occur, contact your health care provider at once. This could be a sign of a serious side effect requiring immediate medical attention. Do not treat diarrhea without talking to your doctor. Zithromax may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Use caution while driving or performing other tasks requiring alertness, coordination, or physical dexterity.

Zithromax may cause sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and other ultraviolet light. Use sunscreens and wear protective clothing until tolerance is determined. Do not stop taking Zithromax without checking with your doctor. Patients with previous medical conditions should talk with their health care provider before using Zithromax. Do not take any othe over-the-counter or prescription medications without talking with your doctor. This includes any herbal preparations or dietary supplements. Do not take more Zithromax than prescribed unless advised to do so by your doctor or health care provider.

Zithromax Warnings and Side Effects

Before taking Zithromax, tell your doctor if you have liver disease. You may not be able to take Zithromax, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment. Zithromax is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Zithromax passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Every medicine can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following occurs: Severe: Serious allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe diarrhea; stomach cramps/pain; bloody stools; chest pain; dark red raised areas of skin. Adults: Pounding in the chest. Children: Yellowing of the skin or eyes. Adults: Diarrhea/loose stools; nausea; stomach pain. Children: Diarrhea/loose stools; stomach pain; vomiting; nausea; headache. Other: Adults: Indigestion; gas; vomiting; vaginal infection; dizziness; headache; feeling of a whirling motion; drowsiness; tiredness; itching; sensitivity to sunlight. Children: Chest pain; indigestion; constipation; loss of appetite; gas; oral infection; chills; dizziness; agitation; nervousness; sleeplessness; fever; tiredness; fungal infection; general body discomfort; pain; increased cough; sore throat; runny nose; itching; sweating; inflammation of the eye; dry, itchy skin.

Zithromax Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Zithromax Storage

Zithromax tablets should be stored between 15° to 30° C (59° to 86°F). Store constituted suspension between 5° to 30°C (41° to 86°F) and discard when full dosing is completed or within 10 days. Shake well before each use. Oversized bottle provides shake space. Keep tightly closed.

Zithromax Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of Zithromax overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort.

Zithromax More Information

Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Zithromax may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

Zithromax Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.

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