Azithromycin or Zithromax

Why is this drug prescribed?
Azithromycin is an antibiotic used to eliminate bacteria that cause a number of different kinds of infections, including respiratory, skin and sexually-transmitted infections.

When should this drug be used?
For respiratory tract and skin and soft tissue infections, azithromycin is taken in the following manner: two capsules at same time on day one, followed by one capsule per day on days two through five. For sexually-transmitted infections (Chlamydia), four capsules are taken all at one time. A condom should be used during intercourse for one week following the single dose to ensure that all bacteria are killed, and spread of infection will not occur. Your pharmacist will answer your questions.

How should it be used?
Azithromycin comes in a 250-mg capsule.

What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
Azithromycin must be taken one hour before or two hours after eating. Otherwise, the drug will not be fully absorbed. Take all the medicine prescribed to prevent return of infection. If a dose is forgotten, take it as soon as you realize it, with no more than one dose per day.

What are the drug interactions with Zithromax?
Do not take antacids at the same time as azithromycin.

What are the contraindications?
Do not take azithromycin if you are allergic to erythromycin (a true allergy means hives, swelling; not upset stomach alone). Contact us if any signs of allergic reaction occur.

What side effects can this drug cause? What can I do about them?
Azithromycin is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects are diarrhea or loose stools, nausea and abdominal pain.

What other precautions are necessary?
Azithromycin has a "B" pregnancy rating (the same as Tylenol or erythromycin), but if you think you are pregnant, let us know so we can prescribe the best drug for you. Before taking azithromycin, tell us if you have liver or kidney disease. Your medication had been prescribed especially for you; do not allow anyone else to take it.