Zithromax Information

Uses of Zithromax

Zithromax treats a large number of bacterial infections such as infections of the skin, ears, respiratory system and sexually transmitted diseases. Doctors also prescribe Zithromax to children in certain cases to treat strep throat, pneumonia, ear infections and tonsillitis.

How Zithromax is Administered

Zithromax comes in three different orally taken forms: liquid, capsule and tablet. The typical prescribed dosage for this medication is to take it one time a day for a two to five day span. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking or buying Zithromax if you are unsure in regards to how many days you should take it. If you are taking this medication in liquid form then be sure the shake the dispensing bottle each time before you use it. The liquid form should also be taken either 1 hour before or 2 hours after any meals. If you are using a tablet or capsule form of this medication then it is important to drink a large glass of water while taking Zithromax. Tablets and capsules can be taken with or without food. If you notice any stomach irritation when taking this medication in tablet or capsule form then be sure to take it with food.
As with all antibiotics, Zithromax should continue to be taken for the entire prescribed time of dosage. Do not stop taking this medication if you think that you are starting to feel better. By doing so you will simply give the bacteria time to build an immunity to this and other antibiotics which in turn will make it much less effective. If you feel that you need to stop your prescribed dosage for any reason, please consult your doctor first.

Warnings and Precautions of Zithromax

There are a large amount of drugs on the market that can cause negative side effects when using Zithromax. These drugs include but are not limited to: telithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin and clarithromycin. Be sure to inform your primary care physician if you are taking any of these medications or any types of herbal products or vitamins before you take Zithromax. Again, these medications and any other over the counter type pills or vitamins can cause serious side effects when taking Zithromax.
It is also important to inform you doctor about any types of liver or kidney problems or diseases that you may have had or still have due to the effect that Zithromax may have on the liver and kidneys. You should also inform your doctor if you have a heart rhythm disorder or any history of a Long QT disorder.
Zithromax has a pregnancy rating of B from the FDA. An FDA rating B means that it should not harm an unborn infant. However, you should always consult your primary care physician if you are already pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant. It is still undetermined whether or not Zithromax can pass through the breast milk of a nursing mother. Again it is very important to discuss this issue with your doctor if you want to buy or take Zithromax.
It is also important to avoid long exposure to sunlight while taking Zithromax. This medication has been shown to increase the sensitivity of skin when exposed to sunlight. It is highly advised to wear some sort of strong sunscreen when taking Zithromax if you plan on being in direct contact with sunlight for long periods of time.

Possible Side Effects of Zithromax

Zithromax has been linked to several side effects during use. If any of the following problems occur when taking this medication, stop using it immediately and get emergency medical help. These side effects include but are not limited to the following: swelling of the lips, face or tongue, hives, abnormal tiredness, any strange or unexplained bruising or bleeding, abdominal pain and uneasiness, yellowish looking eyes or skin, swelling of the throat and any difficulty breathing.
Other side effects associated with Zithromax that are not severe are listed below. If you experience any of these side effects, continue taking Zithromax as prescribed and talk to your doctor as soon as possible. These side effects include but are not limited to: dizziness, stomach or intestinal pain, vomiting, feeling nauseas, diarrhea, headaches, unexplained rashes, being sensitive to sunlight and vaginal yeast infections.

How to Store Zithromax

Zithromax tablets or capsules should be kept in a cool, dry location between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The liquid form should be kept in temperatures between 42 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to throw away any remaining medication that is 10 days old or older after your prescribed dosage has been finished. As with all medications, Zithromax should be kept out of the reach of children.

Missed Dose

If you accidentally skip a dose of Zithromax take it as soon as you can. If the time for your next scheduled dose is close then skip the missed dosage and continue on your prescribed dosage schedule as usual. Never take two or more doses of Zithromax at one time to make up for any missed dosages.


If you have taken more than your prescribed dosage of Zithromax, get emergency medical attention. Side effects can include but are not limited to severe pain in the abdomen or abdominal area, nausea and vomiting.


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