Azithromycin (az-ith-roe-MYE-sin) is the generic of the name brand antibiotic Zithromax. Azithromycin is prescribed for adults to treat certain mild to moderate skin infections, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections (VD) of the cervix or urinary tract, and genital ulcer disease. Azithromycin is also used to prevent Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) disease in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
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Azithromycin is prescribed for adults to treat certain mild to moderate skin infections, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections (VD) of the cervix or urinary tract, and genital ulcer disease.
How much Azithromycin you take and how often you take it depends on many factors, including the condition being treated and the age and weight of the patient. If you have any questions about the amount and/or frequency of Azithromycin you are taking, talk with your health care provider. Carefully read the patient leaflet provided with Azithromycin and reread it each time you get this prescription refilled. Take Azithromycin exactly -as prescribed by your health care provider. Azithromycin may be taken with or without food. Do not take antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum at the same time that you are taking Azithromycin. Long-term or repeated use of Azithromycin may cause a second infection. You may need to stop taking Azithromycin and start another medication to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Take all of the prescribed medicine. Failure to take all of the Azithromycin may prevent complete elimination of bacteria, allowing the infection to return. If severe diarrhea, stomach cramps/pain, or bloody stools occur, contact your health care provider at once. This could be a sign of a serious side effect requiring immediate medical attention. Do not treat diarrhea without talking to your doctor. Azithromycin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Use caution while driving or performing other tasks requiring alertness, coordination, or physical dexterity. Azithromycin may cause sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and other ultraviolet light. Use sunscreens and wear protective clothing until tolerance is determined. Do not stop taking Azithromycin without checking with your doctor. Patients with previous medical conditions should talk with their health care provider before using Azithromycin. Do not take any othe over-the-counter or prescription medications without talking with your doctor. This includes any herbal preparations or dietary supplements. Do not take more Azithromycin than prescribed unless advised to do so by your doctor or health care provider.
Every medicine can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following occurs: Severe: Serious allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe diarrhea; stomach cramps/pain; bloody stools; chest pain; dark red raised areas of skin. Adults: Pounding in the chest. Children: Yellowing of the skin or eyes. Common: Adults: Diarrhea/loose stools; nausea; stomach pain. Children: Diarrhea/loose stools; stomach pain; vomiting; nausea; headache. Other: Adults: Indigestion; gas; vomiting; vaginal infection; dizziness; headache; feeling of a whirling motion; drowsiness; tiredness; itching; sensitivity to sunlight. Children: Chest pain; indigestion; constipation; loss of appetite; gas; oral infection; chills; dizziness; agitation; nervousness; sleeplessness; fever; tiredness; fungal infection; general body discomfort; pain; increased cough; sore throat; runny nose; itching; sweating; inflammation of the eye; dry, itchy skin.
Before using Azithromycin, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you are taking any prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement; if you have impaired liver function; if you have any other medical condition.
If a dose of Azithromycin is missed, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your doctor. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Medical Disclaimer: The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. This antibiotic information should not be construed so as to indicate that use of this antibiotic is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Please consult your healthcare professional before using this or any other prescription antibiotic medication.