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Zithromax Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Zithromax is an antibiotic related to erythromycin. It is used to treat certain mild to moderate skin infections such as upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and pneumonia.

Zithromax Dosage

  • For Genital Ulcer Disease treatment, the usual starting dose is 1,000 milligrams one time only.
  • For the Strep Throat and Tonsillitis, the usual starting dose is 12 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight once daily for 5 days.

Uses of Zithromax

  • Zithromax is used to treat various types of infections that may be caused by bacteria such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Zithromax

Before taken Zithromax medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Zithromax. Side effects may include:

  • Blood in the stools
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Jaundice
  • Kidney infection
  • Light sensitivity
  • Rash

Warnings and precautions before taking Zithromax:

  • You should tell your doctor, before taking azithromycin, if you are allergic to it; or to other macrolide antibiotics such as clarithromycin; or if you have any other allergies.
  • Before using this medicine, you should tell your doctor medical conditions, especially if you have liver disease, kidney disease.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Zithromax with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Zithromax with the following:

  • Nelfinavir
  • Warfarin
  • Digoxin
  • Ergot-containing drugs such as Cafergot and D.H.E.
  • Cyclosporine
  • Hexobarbital
  • Phenytoin

After taken Zithromax if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Zithromax overdose include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach discomfort

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