Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic prescribed for treatment of bacterial infections. Having an extremely long lasting effect, Zithromax (Azithromycin) is trusted and recommended by medical specialists around the world.
Also marketed as Azenil, Azithromycin, Hemomycin and Zmax.
*Zithromax® registered trademark is the property of Pfizer.
- How to take
- Side effects
- Drug interactions
- Missed dose
Generic Zithromax (azithromycin) is a macrolide antibiotic prescribed to fight bacteria in the body. It can be used for various infections, including respiratory, skin, ear infections, as well as STDs.
Generic Zithromax is administered orally. Swallow the entire tablet without chewing or crashing, during meals or otherwise. Aim to take the medication with even intervals and only as prescribed. Do not stop taking the medication until you have finished the course, even if your condition seems to have improved.
If you experience any symptoms associated with allergies such as difficulty breathing, hives, swollen tongue etc., stop using the medication and seek urgent medical help.
Contact a medical specialist immediately if you experience any of the following: bloody or watery diarrhea, headache, chest pain, dizziness, loss of consciousness, increased heartbeat, nausea, pain in the upper stomach, itching, lack of appetite, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, yellow-colored skin and eyes, red or purple skin rash or pain in the upper body, fever, sore throat, swollen face or tongue, burning sensation in your eyes, skin blistering or peeling.
Common side effects include mild diarrhea, vomiting, digestion problems, pain in the stomach or chest, dizziness, fatigue, mild headache, insomnia, nervousness, vaginal discharge or itching, mild skin rash or itching, hearing problems, ringing in the ears, impaired taste or smell.
Note that this list does not include all possible side effects. Other side effects might occur depending on individual health conditions.
Avoid taking aluminum or magnesium antacids (e.g. Acid Gone, Aldroxicon, Alternagel, Di-Gel, Gaviscon, Gelusil, Genaton, Maalox, Maldroxal, Milk of Magnesia, Mintox, Mylagen, Mylanta, Pepcid Complete, Rolaids, Rulox, etc.) 2 hours before or after Generic Zithromax, as they may render the medication less effective.
If you have watery or bloody diarrhea, which is a common side effect of antibiotics, contact your doctor immediately. Do not take any medications to treat it.
Avoid sunlight and tanning beds and use protective clothing and sunscreen, as Zithromax may increase your risk of sunburn.
Generic Zithromax may interact with a lot of other medications, especially: arsenic trioxide (Trisenox); cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); pimozide (Orap); tacrolimus (Prograf); theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theolair, Theochron); warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); antibiotics, especially clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), or pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam); antidepressants such as amitriptylline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), clomipramine (Anafranil), or desipramine (Norpramin); anti-malaria medications such as chloroquine (Aralen) or mefloquine (Lariam); and cholesterol-lowering medicines such as lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), or simvastatin (Zocor).
If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you have missed. Ensure an interval of at least 12 hours between the doses.
Generic Zithromax should be stored between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C) away from light and moisture, out of reach of children and pets. Do not use the medication upon expiration of its term of use.