Azithromycin Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

Azithromycin is an antibiotic. It's widely used to treat chest infections such as pneumonia, infections of the nose and throat such as sinus infection (sinusitis), skin infections, Lyme disease, and some sexually transmitted infections.


Azithromycin Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

Why azithromycin is given for 3 days?

It is concluded that a 3-day regimen of azithromycin prescribed as tablets is as clinically and microbiologically effective as a 10-day regimen of co-amoxiclav in the treatment of acute lower respiratory tract infections.

Is azithromycin used for Covid 19?

Azithromycin, an antibiotic with potential antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, has been used to treat COVID-19

Is azithromycin can be used for fever?

Azithromycin Uses: These are used to treat various infections that are created by bacteria. But Azithromycin cannot be used to treat virus infections like cold and fever. It can be used with other antibiotics to treat certain infections like mycobacterium avium complex and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Can I take azithromycin for cough?

Conclusions: The addition of oral azithromycin may result in significant benefit for chronic respiratory diseases related cough. Azithromycin was safe for those patients with cough.

What is the best time to take azithromycin 500 mg?

2. Key facts

  • Azithromycin is usually taken once a day. ...

  • If your doctor has prescribed azithromycin capsules, you should take them at least 1 hour before food or 2 hours after eating. ...

  • For most infections you should feel better within a few days, but you should still finish your full course of medicine.

Warnings

You should not use azithromycin if you have ever had jaundice or liver problems when you have previously taken this medicine.


Before taking this medicine

You should not use azithromycin if you are allergic to it, or if:

  • you have ever had jaundice or liver problems caused by taking azithromycin; or

  • you are allergic to similar drugs such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, or telithromycin.

To make sure azithromycin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • myasthenia gravis;

  • a heart rhythm disorder;

  • low levels of potassium in your blood; or

  • long QT syndrome (in you or a family member).

This medicine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether azithromycin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take azithromycin?

Take azithromycin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. The dose and length of treatment may not be the same for every type of infection.

You may take most forms of azithromycin with or without food.

Take Zmax extended release liquid (oral suspension) on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

To use the oral suspension single dose packet: Open the packet and pour the medicine into 2 ounces of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. Do not save for later use. To make sure you get the entire dose, add 2 more ounces of water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.


What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What to avoid

Do not take antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium within 2 hours before or after you take azithromycin. This includes Acid Gone, Aldroxicon, Alternagel, Di-Gel, Gaviscon, Gelusil, Genaton, Maalox, Maldroxal, Milk of Magnesia, Mintox, Mylagen, Mylanta, Pepcid Complete, Rolaids, Rulox, and others. These antacids can make azithromycin less effective when taken at the same time.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Azithromycin can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

Avoid other drugs that can cause QT prolongation or irregular heart rhythm.


 




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