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Generic Name: azithromycin
Brand Name: Zithromax

Zithromax fights bacteria in the body. The drug should be used with caution to make the chance of the development of drug-resistant bacteria less possible. Zithromax is indicated only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.

The drug contains the active component – azithromycin, which belongs to  a subclass of macrolide antibiotics, related to erythromycin, for oral administration. Azithromycin differs chemically from erythromycin.

Zithromax is indicated to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.

In children, it is indicated for treatment of middle ear infections, pneumonia, tonsillitis, and strep throat.

Zithromax should not be used if you have allergic reactions to azithromycin or to erythromycin.

Before taking this drug it is necessary to consult your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • myasthenia gravis;
  • a heart rhythm disorder; or
  • a history of Long QT syndrome.
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FDA placed the drug into pregnancy category B. It is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Still inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Zithromax should be taken exactly as it was directed by your doctor. Do not take the medication in larger or smaller amounts.

Zithromax may be taken with or without food. Consume  the drug with food if it upsets your stomach.

The drug may cause allergic reactions such as: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you experience any of these conditions, get emergency medical help right away.

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Other serious side effects include:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • chest pain,irregular heartbeat;
  • nausea, stomach pain;
  • low fever;
  • loss of appetite;
  • dark urine, clay-colored stools;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • sore throat.

In case any of these side effects appear, call your doctor at once.

Do not exceed the recommended dose. In case of overdose, get medical help immediately. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort.

If you take other prescription or non-prescription medicines or vitamins, tell your doctor about them, there can be drug interactions between them and Zithromax.

Take the drug as long as it was prescribed for you. The symptoms of your disease may improve before the infection is completely treated.

Store Zithromax at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the drug away from children.

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