Zithromax is an antibiotic that is used to fight bacteria and therefore commonly used to treat different types of bacterial infections.
Zithromax is supplied for oral administration either as capsular shaped tablets or an oral suspension supplied in a single dose packet. The active ingredient in this antibiotic is azithromycin that works alongside other inactive ingredients. Examples of inactive ingredients in Zithromax tablets include magnesium stearate, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium croscarmellose, hypromellose, lactose, titanium dioxide, pregelatinized starch, and triacetin. For the oral suspension, inactive ingredients include sodium phosphate tribasic, sucrose, anhydrous spray dried artificial cherry flavor and anhydrous spray dried artificial banana flavor and colloidal silicon dioxide.
Zithromax is categorized as a macrolide antibiotic that inhibits bacterial protein synthesis as well as prevent bacteria from growing and propagation.
Zithromax is consumed to core various types of infections triggered by bacteria such as skin infections, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Mode of Indication, Dosage and Treatment Duration
When you buy Zithromax, you should use this medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Medication shouldn’t be discontinued even if you begin to feel better. Ideally, a Zithromax dose should begin with 500mg for one day and 250mg for the next 4 days. On the other hand, an intravenous dose begins with 500mg for 2 days followed by 500mg orally for an extra 5-8 days.
Zithromax tablet should be swallowed with a large glass of water. For the liquid suspension, you should mix one packet of the dose with 2 ounces of water, shake well and immediately drink the entire suspension. The suspension that has been prepared more than 12 hours ago shouldn’t be consumed. Both the tablets and suspension can be consumed with or without food, but capsules should be taken 2 hours before or after a meal.
This medicine shouldn’t be taken in larger or smaller amounts or for an extra period than recommended. The dosage and length of treatment depend on the type of infection. Do not skip doses as this may further complicate the chances of getting cured. Avoid taking an overdose as it can lead to symptoms such as stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Zithromax Side Effects
The typical side effects of Zithromax include:
- Hearing problems;
- Stomach upset;
- Skin rash;
- Ringing ears;
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
You should seek immediate medical help if you have any of these symptoms:
- Difficult breathing;
- Swelling of the face or throat;
- Severe skin reaction.
You shouldn’t commence Zithromax treatment if you experience any of the following conditions:
- You’re allergic to azithromycin;
- You’ve ever suffered from jaundice or liver complications;
- Allergic to similar drugs such as telithromycin, clarithromycin, and erythromycin;
- Kidney disease;
- Heart rhythm disorder;
- Myasthenia gravis;
- Low levels of potassium in the blood;
- Liver disease;
- You have long QT syndrome or a family member has it.
It’s not clear whether Zithromax can harm an unborn baby so you should let the doc know if you’re pregnant or intend to become pregnant. It’s also good to let the doctor know if you are breastfeeding since it’s not known whether azithromycin is passed into breast milk. Additionally, children younger than 6 months old should not be given Zithromax.
Before taking azithromycin, let your doctor know about all the non-prescription, prescription and herbal medicines you may be using. Some of the medicines that may affect the effectiveness of Zithromax include:
- Cholesterol-lowering medications;
- Heart or blood pressure medications;
- HIV medicines;
- Psychiatric medication;
- Migraine headache medicines;
- Seizure medication;
- Ergot medicines;
- Aluminum or magnesium-based antacids such as Maalox or Mylanta;
- Arsenic trioxide, theophylline, warfarin, cyclosporine, tacrolimus and pimozide.