Zithromax is an oral antibiotic that is effective in the treatment of respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections and other types of bacterial infections.
Who should take Zithromax?
Zithromax works by inhibiting the bacteria’s protein production. This stops the bacteria from multiplying in the body and the immune system eliminates the bacteria.
Taking Zithromax & the right dosage
Zithromax may be taken with or without a meal.
The extended release pill should not be crushed or chewed. It must be swallowed whole.
Antacids with aluminum or magnesium should be avoided for at least 2 hours before and after you use Zithromax.
Zithromax must be consumed for the complete prescribed time duration. You may notice that your symptoms may improve before the prescribed duration is over or the infection is cleared. But do not alter the dose or the schedule without consulting your doctor.
Store Zithromax in a cool and dark place at room temperature. Do not store it in a place where it can get exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Keep it away from children and pets.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Before using Zithromax, you should consult a physician and discuss about your medical history. If you have allergies to antibiotics, then inform your doctor about it.
Zithromax may not be suitable for you if:
A heart rhythm disorder,
A history of long qt syndrome
You may have to undergo frequent blood tests including your kidney and liver functioning while using Zithromax.
It may also reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. So ensure that you use multiple birth control measures while using Zithromax.
Zithromax can cause you to be sunburned easily. So you must avoid venturing into the sun for too long and wear protective clothing as well as use sunscreen.
Zithromax may interact with some medications. So if you are using any prescription, non prescription, OTC medicines or dietary supplements, then inform your physician in advance before you use Zithromax.
Zithromax is not known to be harmful to an unborn baby. But inform your doctor if you plan to become pregnant or are pregnant during the time of treatment with Zithromax.
Zithromax may be passed on to the baby if you are breast feeding. Please speak to your doctor about the potential risks of breast feeding while using Zithromax.
The most common side effects of Zithromax are:
Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, vaginal itching or discharge, headache, or swollen, black, or "hairy" tongue.
These side effects usually subside by themselves in sometime as the body gets used to Zithromax.
Some uncommon but potentially dangerous side effects are:
Diarrhea that is watery or bloody, fever, swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, cough, trouble breathing, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, or general ill feeling, pale or yellowed skin, yellowing of the eyes, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin, or severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
You should see a doctor immediately if one of these side effects occur.