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   Azithromycin

Azithromycin
(oral) (tablet, Capsule, Powder, Liquid, Packet)


Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. This medicine is a macrolide antibiotic.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Z Pack, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax
 
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Azithromycin
Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Z Pack, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax
Uses
Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. This medicine is a macrolide antibiotic.

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Use the oral liquid within 10 days after you fill the prescription.
  • Throw away any medicine that is left over when you are finished with your treatment time. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Tablet, Capsule, Powder, Liquid, Packet. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach.
  • If you are using the capsules, take your dose at least 1 hour before you eat, or at least 2 hours after you eat.
  • Do not take the capsules with food. If you are using the tablets, you can take your dose with or without food.
  • Taking the tablets with food may help you have fewer side effects. To use the powder, open one packet and pour all of the medicine from the packet into a glass with about 2 ounces (¼ cup) of water.
  • Mix well and drink the medicine right away.
  • Pour another 2 ounces (¼ cup) of water into the same glass, and drink that too so you get all of the medicine.
  • You can take the powder with or without food. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • Shake the bottle well before measuring the medicine.
  • Rinse the spoon or oral syringe with water when you are finished. Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
  • Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blistering, peeling, red skin rash. Change in how much or how often you urinate. Chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeat. Dark-colored urine, or pale or black stools. Feeling anxious or agitated. Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach. Severe diarrhea that may contain blood. Vomiting within 1 hour after taking the medicine. Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to azithromycin, erythromycin, or clarithromycin (Biaxin®).

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have kidney or liver problems.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have cystic fibrosis, heart rhythm problems, or problems with your immune system.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had problems with your spleen. If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea. Do not take this medicine for any condition that has not been checked by a doctor.
  • This medicine will not treat the flu or the common cold.

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