Drug: azithromycin

The most common side effects are:
  • diarrhea or loose stools,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal pain, and
  • vomiting.
Other important side effects include:
  • abnormal liver tests,
  • allergic reactions,
  • nervousness, and
  • abnormal heart beats.
Antibiotics can alter the normal bacteria in the colon and encourage overgrowth of some bacteria such as Clostridium difficile, which causes inflammation of the colon (pseudomembranous colitis). Patients who develop signs of pseudomembranous colitis after starting azithromycin (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and possibly shock) should contact their physician immediately.

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Yes

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Tablets: 250, 500, and 600 mg. Suspension: 100 mg/5 ml (teaspoon), 200 mg/5 ml (teaspoon). Powder for suspension (extended release): 2 g. Powder for oral suspension: 1 g. Powder for Injection: 500 mg. Z-PAK (Blister pack containing six 250 mg tablets); TRI-PAK (Blister pack containing three 500 mg tablets).

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Tablets should be stored at room temperature between 15 C to 30 C (59 C to 86 F). Suspension and solution for injection should be kept between 5 C to 30C (41 F to 86 F).

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Azithromycin (except Zmax) can be taken with or without food, but food reduces stomach upset. Zmax should be taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal since food reduces its absorption. The adult azithromycin dose is 500-2000 mg in multiple or single doses. For most infections, azithromycin is taken once daily for a relatively short course of treatment (usually five days). The first dose is often a "double dose," twice as much as the remainder of the doses given. For acute bacterial sinusitis, azithromycin way be taken once daily for three days. Zmax usually is given as a single 2 gm dose.

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Azithromycin (except Zmax) should not be taken at the same time as aluminum- or magnesium-based antacids, such as Mylanta or Maalox, because antacids will bind the azithromycin and prevent it from being absorbed from the intestine.

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There are no adequate studies of azithromycin in pregnant women. Azithromycin should only be used during pregnancy if it is clearly necessary.

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It is not known if azithromycin is secreted in breast milk. Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmDReference: FDA Prescribing Information

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