Zithromax (Azithromycin) is a type of macrolide antibiotic. Because it is specifically designed for treating bacterial infections, Zithromax will not cure viral infections like the flu or the common cold. The drug has been utilized in the treatment of a variety of bacterial infections and comes in tablet and powder forms that you can dissolve in water. In order not to encourage antibiotic resistance or reduce the effectiveness of this drug, do not use it unless there is laboratory confirmation of bacterial susceptibility to Zithromax.
This medicine is used in the treatment of susceptible bacteria in the following cases:
This drug contains an information leaflet. Ensure to read and understand it before consuming Zithromax. Also, if you are worried about side effects, your physician or healthcare provider can assuage your fears. Patients should also adhere to the following precautions before and while using Zithromax:
○ Myasthenia gravis
○ Kidney impairment
○ Liver disorders
○ Heart rhythm disorders
○ Low blood Potassium or Magnesium levels
○ Family history of prolonged QT time
You should consume this medication by mouth with or without food. However, if you experience stomach upset after taking it without food, take subsequent doses with food.
Shake liquid solutions well before measuring, and ensure you measure accurately with the measuring device provided. Additionally, you should avoid consuming Zithromax longer than prescribed or discontinue it before the stipulated time even if you suddenly feel better.
Your doctor will prescribe a suitable dosage based on your age and the severity of the condition. Patients suffering from kidney or liver impairment may need dose adjustments. Also, the information below is only to serve as a guide.
For sexually transmitted Infections (non-gonococcal) urethritis/cervicitis, the recommended dose is 1 gram taken as a single dose.
The dose for prevention of disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) infections is 1200 mg once weekly; the treatment dose is 600 mg daily.
For community-acquired pneumonia, tonsillitis/ pharyngitis (caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae), the dose is 500 mg single dose on the first day and 250 mg daily for days two to five.
For skin infections, the usual dose is the same as above.
People with acute bacterial exacerbation of COPD as well as acute sinusitis of bacterial origin can take 500 mg for three days.
The common side effects associated with this medication are:
Zithromax also interacts with some diseases. The interactions are explained below.
Zithromax should be stored in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. All medicines should be kept out of the reach of children and pets