Zithromax is an antibacterial antibiotic, also known as a macrolide antibiotic. The active ingredient is azithromycin which prevents the growth of bacteria that cause infections. Typical infections include ear infections, respiratory infections, skin infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. This drug is not effective in the treatment of viral infections like colds and flu. If your doctor has prescribed Zithromax, do not take more than directed. Overuse of this drug can decrease its efficacy.
Each Zithromax tablet contains 250mg of azithromycin.
How to use Zithromax
Zithromax is usually taken once daily. You do not have to take the tablet with food, but if your stomach gets upset, rather eat something before you take a dose.
Make sure that you take your dose at the same time every day. This will ensure that your system receives a constant supply of the medication, and the drug will work better.
You must take the full course of Zithromax. You might feel better after a few days but you must not stop or reduce your doses. This is very important because if you stop, the bacteria can continue growing and you will be at risk of a relapse.
If you have to use an antacid during your treatment with Zithromax, take the antacid 2 hours after your dose of Zithromax.
If you miss a dose of Zithromax, it is better to ignore it. Continue with your usual schedule. Don't double up on any dose.
You may suffer these following mild side effects: diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pain. These should only last a short time, but if they persist, call your doctor.
Consult your doctor if you have any of the following side effects: loss of hearing, continual nausea or vomiting, severe abdominal pain, dark urine, jaundice of your skin or eyes, severe dizziness, irregular heart rate, or feeling faint.
Zithromax may be associated with a serious intestinal problem called pseudomembranous colitis caused by bacteria that are resistant to the medication. This problem could occur while you are taking Zithromax, or it could occur during the weeks, or months, after your treatment has finished. Symptoms of this are persistent diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, or bloody stools. Contact your doctor immediately.
If used for an extended period, Zithromax may cause vaginal or oral thrush. If you notice a change in your vaginal discharge or have white patches in your throat or mouth, speak to your doctor.
If you have difficulty breathing, a rash, swelling, itchiness, or dizziness, call your doctor immediately. These are symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Zithromax and pregnancy
This medication is not likely to harm an unborn baby, but tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Zithromax. If you are breastfeeding, do not use Zithromax unless you have spoken with your doctor. It is not known if this medication can contaminate breast milk.
Tell you doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of Long QT syndrome, myasthenia gravis, or irregular heart rate. You may need to have your dose of Zithromax adjusted.