Zithromax is a prescription medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Some examples of common bacteria based infections are pneumonia, bronchitis, and sexually transmitted diseases. Zithromax can also be used to treat infections of the throat, lungs, skin, ears, and skin. This drug is in a class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. Macrolide antibiotics work by halting the growth of the bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective in treating colds, flues, or viral infections.
Zithromax is available in tablet or liquid form and is typically taken once a day for one to five days. When taking a daily pill it is most effective if you take it at around the same time each day. This also helps you to develop a routine and remember to take your medication each day.
When taking Zithromax, or any other prescription medication, it is very important to follow the directions on the label exactly. You should not take the medication any more or less frequently than is printed on the label, and you should ask your doctor to explain any instructions that you do not fully understand. Prescription medications can be life-saving, but they can also have side effects, so it is very important to use them exactly as prescribed. It is also important to complete the full course of the prescribed medication even if you begin to feel better. Although your symptoms may subside, it is still possible that the bacteria are present in your body.
In addition to the bacterial infections listed above, Zithromax may also be prescribed to treat early symptoms of Lyme disease. It is also commonly used to prevent heart infections in patients undergoing dental or other procedures. Zithromax is also frequently given to victims of sexual assault to ward off sexually transmitted diseases.
There are a number of things your doctor should be aware of before prescribing Zithromax. Be sure to inform your doctor of all medications that you are allergic to. You should also make your doctor aware of any other prescription or over-the-counter medications you are currently taking as well as any vitamins, supplements, or herbal remedies you take regularly. It is especially important that your doctor be aware of any blood thinners or medications that suppress the immune system that you might be taking. Mixing Zithromax with these medications at the wrong dosages can have very serious side effects.
If you regularly take antacids, you should take them either two hours before or four hours after you take your Zithromax. You should also tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney or liver disease, HIV, cystic fibrosis, or an irregular heartbeat. Knowing your medical history will help your doctor to prescribe the proper antibiotic.
As with any other medication, there are potential side effects associated with Zithromax. Some patients have reported experiencing diarrhea, stomach pains, skin rashes, vomiting, and upset stomachs. You should contact your doctor if these symptoms become severe or do not subside. Other more serious side effects include a severe skin rash, difficulty breathing or swallowing, hives, itching, swelling, rapid or irregular heartbeats, or yellowing of the eyes or skin. If you experience any of these symptoms while taking Zithromax, you should contact your doctor immediately, or visit your local emergency room.
Zithromax should be stored in the container in which you receive it. Keep the bottle tightly closed and well out of the reach of children. The medicine should be stored at room temperature and away from extreme heat and moisture. It is recommended that you not store Zithromax in the bathroom. If you are taking Zithromax in its liquid form, you should keep the bottle tightly capped and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
If your doctor schedules any follow-up appointments or lab visits after he or she prescribes Zithromax for your infection, it is important that you go to the appointment. Your doctor may wish to perform lab work to monitor your body’s response to the medication to make sure that it is functioning properly. It may also be necessary to adjust the dosage based on the lab results.