Antibiotic Zithromax Dispersible (azithromycin)
Zithromax Dispersible is a macrolide antibiotic. It is related to erythromycin. It helps in curing bacterial infections in the body. It's generic name is azithromycin. It is available as 100 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg as well as 1000 mg tablets.
It is not used to treat viral infections like flu or common cold.
Uses of Zithromax Dispersible
Zithromax is used to treat certain bacterial infections. It works great against several gram- positive as well as gram- negative bacteria. It is used to treat:
- Respiratory infections
- Ear infections
- Skin infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Middle ear infection in children
- Pneumonia in children
- Tonsillitis in children
- Strep throat in children
Side Effects of Zithromax
Like every other drug, Zithromax also has a few side effects like:
- Allergic reactions that manifest as hives, rashes, difficulty in breathing, swelling on tongue, lips, throat and face.
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Uneven heartbeat
- Pain in chest
- Severe nausea
- Pain in stomach
- Low fever
- Dark urine
- Clay colored stools
- Loss of appetite
- Low grade fever
- Sore throat
- Blistering, peeling and also red rashes.
The above mentioned side effects are a little serious and require medical attention. Some less serious side- effects are:
- Mild nausea
- Mild diarrhea
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Mild itching
- Skin rashes
- Decreased sense of smell and taste
- Ringing in ears
- Hearing problems
- Upset stomach or stomach ache
Contraindications of Zithromax Dispersible
There are several conditions the use of Zithromax is totally inhibited. You must not take Zithromax if you are:
Allergic to azithromycin or other drugs like erythromycin, clarithromycin, troleandomycin or telithromycin.
Tell your doctor if you are already taking medications like minerals, vitamins, herbal products etc. Also, do not consume antacids that have magnesium or aluminum(like Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Pepcid Complete, Milk of Magnesia, etc) within two hours before or after taking Zithromax.
You must discuss it with your doctor if you have any hepatic or kidney disease, hearth rhythm disorder, history of Long QT or myasthenia gravis.
Pregnancy and Zithromax
Do not take Zithromax if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant during the course of this drug. It is known to harm the baby of taken during pregnancy.
It is still not if this drug passes into the breast milk, but it is better to avoid it to be on a safer side.
Mode of Ingestion
Zithromax must be taken on an empty stomach about 1 hour before or about 2 hours after having meal.