Zithromax® DRUG INFO
IMPORTANT NOTE: What should my health care professional know before I take azithromycin?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:; kidney disease; liver disease; pneumonia; stomach problems (especially colitis); other chronic illness; an unusual or allergic reaction to azithromycin, other macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), foods, dyes, or preservatives; breast-feeding
AZITHROMYCIN (Zithromax®) - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Zithromax
Zithromax is a macrolide antibiotic. It slows the growth of, or sometimes kills, sensitive bacteria by reducing the production of important proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.
Azithromycin is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.
USES: Azithromycin also treats sexually transmitted vaginal or urinary tract infections caused by chlamydia. It will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
HOW TO USE: Take azithromycin TABLETS by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow tablets whole with a full glass of water. Azithromycin tablets can be taken with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach upset,
trouble sleeping, headache, or cold symptoms may occur. If these
persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Unlikely but report
promptly: dizziness, mental/mood changes, fast heartbeat, fever.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but
very serious side effects occur: fainting, irregular heartbeat.
Although drowsiness is very uncommon at usual doses under normal
circumstances, be aware that drowsiness may occur and may effect
the ability to perfom tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving).
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor
DRUG INTERACTIONS: antacids; astemizole; digoxin; dihydroergotamine; ergotamine; magnesium salts; terfenadine; triazolam; warfarin
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines..
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include irregular or unusually slow or
fast heartbeat, unusual nervousness or excitement, rapid breathing,
confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.
NOTES: Keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. There should be an interval of at least 12 hours between doses.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from sunlight