AZITHROMYCIN - Watsons Health

AZITHROMYCIN

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Zithromax

GENERIC NAME(S): AZITHROMYCIN

 

Description: Azithromycin is a semisynthetic azalide antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.

Azithromycin is a macrolide-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections by stopping the growth of bacteria.  This is only for bacteria and will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu).

How to use Azithromycin

Take by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily with or without food. Follow prescribed dosage.  Finish prescribed therapy, even if symptoms disappear after a few days.

If you are taking antacids containing aluminum or magnesium, wait at least 2 hours before or after taking azithromycin.  These drugs decrease the effectiveness of azithromycin.

Side effects range from mild to serious.  Consult your doctor if you feel the following symptoms: Stomach upset, diarrhea/loose stools, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptl, hearing changes (such as decreased hearing, deafness), eye problems (such as drooping eyelids, blurred vision), difficulty speaking/swallowing, muscle weakness, signs of liver problems (such as unusual tiredness, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea), persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool, oral thrush or a new yeast infection, manifested by white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.

Contact your doctor if you experience allergic reactions (rash, itching, swelling of the face/throat, trouble breathing) or symptoms mentioned above.

Precautions

Inform your doctor of your allergies, including food and drug allergies, the medications you are currently taking and your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis).

This medication may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can infrequently result in serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting).  Seek medical attention right away.

Inform your doctor or dentist before having surgery of the medications you are taking.

For pregnant and breastfeeding women, consult your doctor before using this drug.

 

Interactions

Some products that may interact with this drug include: live bacterial vaccines, birth control pills, amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, ibutilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, among others.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical help immediately if overdose is suspected.

Missed Dose: Take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage: Store at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Do not freeze this medication. Do not flush in the toilet or drain the sink, discard drug properly.

 

Brands

Available Brands

  • Azeecor 200 [ Akums Drug ]
  • Azemax [ Cathay Drug ]
  • Azi-500 [ InnoGen Pharmaceuticals ]
  • Azithro-Natrapharm [ Natrapharm ]
  • Azomycin [ Royale Pharma ]
  • Azyth [ Sandoz ]
  • Pediazith [ Metrolink Pharma ]
  • Pharex Azithromycin [ XL Lab ]
  • Rhea Azithromycin [ Pfizer ]
  • RiteMED Azithromycin [ RiteMED ]
  • Romzin [ Biopharma ]
  • Sitimax [ Ouyi Pharma ]
  • Thromaxin [ ACME ]
  • Wiltrozin [ Hizon ]
  • Zenith [ UAP ]
  • Zenith Suspension [ Pediatrica ]
  • Zithrocare 500 [ Khriz Pharma ]
  • Zithromax [ Pfizer ]
  • Zithrovic [ S Kant Healthcare ]
  • Zithrozan [ Biopharma ]
  • Zit-Od [ Suhitas ]

Also marketed as

  • Aza-500 [ XL Lab ]
  • Azeemycin [ SRS Pharma ]
  • Azimax [ Twilight Litaka ]
  • Azin [ ACME ]
  • Aztro [ Stallion Labs ]
  • Decantin [ Lok-Beta ]
  • Endure Medical Azithromycin [ Domesco ]
  • Geozit [ Geofman ]
  • Macromax [ Domesco ]
  • Macrozyth [ Cipla ]
  • OD Mac [ Farma Iberica ]
  • Trozin [ Mercury Lab ]
  • Zithromax Granules [ Pfizer ]
  • Zmax One Dose [ Pfizer ]

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