Chemical Name: AZITHROMYCIN (az-ith-roe-MYE-sin)
Zithromax is a macrolide antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Zithromax. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE Zithromax if you are also taking propafenone or pimozide. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants (such as warfarin), digoxin, nelfinavir, cyclosporine, ergotamine, hexobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin, theophylline, triazolam, certain medicines for high cholesterol (such as lovastatin), medicines for irregular heartbeat (such as amiodarone or disopyramide), or medicines that may affect your heartbeat. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of the medicines you are taking may affect your heartbeat. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including irregular heartbeat, kidney problems, liver problems, allergies, pregnancy or breastfeeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Zithromax.
Follow the directions for using Zithromax provided by your doctor. Zithromax may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. DO NOT TAKE Zithromax within 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking aluminum or magnesium-containing antacids. SHAKE WELL. Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose. STORE Zithromax between 41 to 86 degrees F (5 to 30 degrees C). TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue taking Zithromax for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses. Taking Zithromax at the same time each day will make it easier to remember. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Zithromax, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT TAKE Zithromax if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in Zithromax. DO NOT TAKE Zithromax IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION to erythromycin or any macrolide or ketolide antibiotic. A severe reaction includes a severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, or dizziness. If you have a question about whether you are allergic to Zithromax, contact your doctor or pharmacist. IF YOU EXPERIENCE difficulty breathing; tightness of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or if you develop a rash or hives, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take any more of Zithromax unless your doctor tells you to do so. IF MODERATE TO SEVERE DIARRHEA OCCURS during or after treatment with Zithromax, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not treat it with non-prescription (over-ythe-counter) medicines. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Zithromax during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Zithromax IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Zithromax, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include mild diarrhea, nausea, or stomach pain. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience vomiting, or hearing loss or ringing in the ears. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience swelling of your hands, legs, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; hoarseness; irregular heartbeat; reddened, blistered, or swollen skin; or severe diarrhea. An allergic reaction to Zithromax is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
DO NOT SHARE Zithromax with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Zithromax for other health conditions. KEEP Zithromax out of the reach of children.