AZITHROMYCIN: uses,side effects,dosages



Hey,do you want to know details about azithromycin tablet,here is a complete description provided regarding azithromycin dosages ,sideeffects and also some other informations about azithromycin tablet.



COMMON BRAND (S) :-Zithromax

GENERIC NAME (S) :-azithromycin

TRADE NAME:- Zithromax, azithromycin others

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Azithromycin is generally known as an antibiotic, which is used to treat a number of bacterial infections

Generally this drug is used to treat infections like middle ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, travelers diarrhea and also some certain types of infections like intestinal infections.





USES:- generally this drug is used to treat the various types of bacterial infections, azithromycin is a macrolide type antibiotic and this drugs work by stopping the excess growth of bacteria

But azithromycin doesn’t work for viral infections (the infections like the as common cold, flu) and it is a strict warning that doesn’t do misuse or the unnecessary use of antibiotics because this can lead to decrease the effectiveness of the medication

Also, read: Common Cold


Don’t ever share with anyone this medication because this medication is only prescribed for you for your current condition only, and don’t use this medication later for any other infections until your doctor told you to do so


At first when the doctor is counselling a patient then they should known and read all the information in details those are provided in  a leaflet before by your pharmacist , before you start taking azithromycin and each time you get a refill, if you have any doubt or questions regarding your health then you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before making any dicision

Intake this drug through oral route as directed by your doctor , usually this medication is used in once or twice a day with food or without food

If you are suffering from stomach upset then you may take this medication with food

The dosage regarding to this drug is generally based upon how the patients medical condition is ?, and how does it reacts to the treatment?

For the best effect you should take this antibiotic evenly spaced times , you have to take the medication in same time every day, which you could remember easily , take this medication Continuesly untill you complete the prescribed ammount, even if the symptoms doesn’t occur after a few days

If you stop taking the drug too early then as usually the bacteria starts growing  for which infections again returns and it grows

The antacids those are containing aluminum or may be magnesium may result in a decrease of absorption of azithromycin, if both are of them are applied at the same time

If you are taking an antacid which may contains the aluminum or magnesium then you should have to wait for 2hours , and after two hours of intake you can take azithromycin ,and if your health conditions are persists or worsens then you should  consult with your doctor and share all details

Side Effect

As like others this medication  has also some side effects, the side effects are

Stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain may occur

If you noticed any of these side effects then you should consult your doctor or pharmacist very soon and share them promptly

Because the doctor who prescribed this medication he judged that the benefits of this medication are much more better than the risk of the side effects, but many patients are using this medication they don’t have serious side effects due to this medication

If any of these serious or unlikely side effects you noticed then consult your doctor ;- such as hearing changes (maybe the decrease in hearing or deafness) eye problems (such as dropping of eyelids ,blurred vision )                      difficulty in speaking/ swallowing  muscles weakness, and also the signs of liver problems (such as unusual tiredness, persistent, nausea/vomiting, severe stomach, abdominal pain , yellowing eyes/ skin, dark urine), if any of these types of serious conditions arieses then you have to medical help , these conditions rare but serious irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting. This medication may be rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (clostridium difficile associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition only maybe arises during the treatment which occurs weeks to months after treatment has completely stopped . If you are facing such type of any conditions then don’t use any type of anti-diarrhea or opoid medications because these products may make them worse, tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain /cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.

If any patient is using this medication for a long time or repeatedly then there may be a new infection arieses and these infections are in oral thrush or a new yeast infection ,if you are noticing any type of white patches in your mouth then go ahead and consult your doctor and also if there is a change in vaginal discharge discharge or any other new symptoms are noticed then you should consult your doctor.

There is a very serious allergic reaction due to this medication is very rare it is not so common ,however, you are getting medical help right away ,if you ever notice any of the allergic symptoms of a serious allergic reactions  those are including the following :fever that doesn’t go away , now or worsening lymph node swelling, rash  itching/swelling (especially of the face /tongue/throat) , severe dizziness, trouble in breathing

Even if you stops the use of the drug or the medication then an allergic reaction to this medication may return

After your last done you must continue to watch for the above types of symptoms for several days

But all of these are not the complete list of possible side effects, if you are noticing any other types of side effects those are not listed in the above description then you should consult your doctor or pharmacist


Remember it very carefully that before the intake of azithromycin consult your doctor or pharmacist and if you have any type of allergic reaction happens regarding to azithromycin then tell them the details or if the allergic reaction are due to any other antibiotics (such as erythromycin, Clarithromycin, Telithromycin) then consult them ;or if you have any other allergies

This medication may contain some inactive ingredients, those are maybe the cause of allergic reactions or the other problems, talk to your pharmacist regarding this problem for more information

You have to share all your previous medical history with your doctor or pharmacist before you take this medication , specially about the liver disease kidney disease, a certain muscle disease, kidney (myasthenia gravis)

Due to the use of azithromycin, it may create a condition that affects the heart rhythm(QT prolongation)

QT prolongation can rarely cause the serious (rarely fatal) fast /irregular heartbeat and many more other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away

If your are taking such types of drugs those are causing QT PROLONGATION or if you may have certain medical conditions then the risk of QT PROLONGATION may be increased              before taking this medication  tell your doctor or pharmacist about all your medical history and the drugs those are you used previously and also tell them if you are facing any of the following conditions certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heart beat, QT PROLONGATION in the EKG) and also the family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG  sudden cardiac death)

There is another factor which may increase QT PROLONGATION that is low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood ,this risk may arise if you are using certain drugs such as like (diuretics/”water pills”) Or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea or vomiting, and talk to your doctor about using azithromycin safely

This medication may be the cause of live the bacterial vaccines such as ( typhoid vaccine) to not work properly /as well

If any patient is undergoing through this medication then he or she should avoid any vaccinations/ immunizations until the doctor prescribes/tells to do so

During the medication if you have to do any surgery then you should consult your doctor or dentist and describe them briefly about all the products you used (they may be including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products)

But there is some age (older adults) may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug , especially QT PROLONGATION (see above )

If a woman is pregnant then this medication should use if it is clearly needed


The interactions of this drug may change according to how your medications are work or increase your risk for serious side effects

Note:- This document doesn’t contain all possible  drug interactions

Keep a neat and clean list of all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and show it to your doctor or pharmacist

Don’t use any medicine until your doctor prescribed that

Although there are most of the antibiotics those can affect the hormonal birth control such as pills, patch or ring  but there are also a few antibiotics such as (Rifampin, RIFABUTIN) may be the cause of decrease their effectiveness, this could be results in pregnancy , if you use hormonal birth control then consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details regarding this medication and get a complete idea about this

There are also some other drugs except azithromycin those may be affects the heart rhythm (QT PROLONGATION ) including amiodarone, Disopyramide, Dofetilide, Dronedarone, Ibutilide, pimozide, procainamide, Quinidine, sotalol, among other


In any patient intakes the overdose and suffering from Serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble in breathing


Missed Dose

If you are missing any of dose then whenever you remember about the dose take it but if the time is nearly about to the next dose then you must skip the missed dose, take your next dose at the regular time, don’t mix two dosage and don’t even double the dose to catch up


The storage procedure of this drug is as like other drugs

Store this medication only at room temperature away from light and moisture

Don’t store this medication in bathroom and keep all the medications away from children and pets

Don’t even flush the medication through them into drain untill the doctor told to do so, and properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed ,you may consult your pharmacist or the local wastage disposal companies near you

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