What is the medical reason for recommending this medication?
Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and infections of the ears, lungs, sinuses, skin, throat, and reproductive systems. It is also used to treat or prevent Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection, particularly in people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Azithromycin belongs to the macrolide antibiotic class and works by preventing bacterial growth.
It’s crucial to know that antibiotics like azithromycin are useless against colds, flu, and other viral infections. The incorrect use of antibiotics increases the chance of obtaining infections that are resistant to antibiotic therapy in the future.
How to use this medication?
Azithromycin comes in tablet, extended-release (long-acting) suspension (liquid), and standard suspension (liquid) forms for oral use. The tablets and suspension sold under the brand name Zithromax are normally taken once day, with or without food, for 1-5 days. Azithromycin pills are often used once a week, with or without food, to prevent disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection.
The extended-release suspension (Zmax) should be taken as a one-time dose on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. To ensure adequate adherence, it is best to set a consistent timing for azithromycin consumption each day.
It is critical to follow the dose schedule that has been prescribed. It is critical to follow the instructions on the prescription label precisely, obtaining clarification from your doctor or pharmacist for any areas that are unclear. Azithromycin should be taken exactly as indicated, without exceeding or decreasing the prescribed dosage, and no more frequently than the treating physician specifies.
To ensure consistent distribution of the drug, firmly mix the liquid prior to each delivery. To correctly measure the necessary prescription dosage, use a dosing spoon, oral syringe, or measuring cup. After finishing the complete amount of medication, thoroughly wipe the measuring device with water.
If you purchase azithromycin powder for suspension (Zithromax) in a single-dose, 1-gram package, you must first reconstitute it with water before administering it. In a glass, combine the entire contents of the 1-gram package with 1/4 cup (60 mL) of water, and immediately consume the entire mixture. After that, add an additional 1/4 cup (60 mL) of water to the same container, fully amalgamate, and swallow the entire amalgamated content to ensure the entire specified dose is ingested.
When obtaining azithromycin extended-release suspension (Zmax) in dry powder form, the reconstitution procedure must be started by adding water to the given bottle before delivering the medication. To begin, carefully open the bottle by pressing down on the cap and twisting it in the desired direction. Measure out 1/4 cup (60 mL) of water and pour it into the bottle. Seal the bottle tightly and firmly shake to ensure complete amalgamation.
To ensure best efficacy and safety, use the azithromycin extended-release suspension within 12 hours of purchasing it from the pharmacy or adding water to the powder.
If you experience vomiting within an hour of taking azithromycin, call your doctor right away. A following dose will be determined by the physician. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, do not take an additional dose.
Symptom relief should be obvious during the first few days after starting azithromycin medication. If your symptoms persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.
Even if your condition improves, make sure to finish the entire azithromycin prescription as directed. Do not stop taking azithromycin unless you have severe side effects as described in the SIDE EFFECTS section. Premature discontinuation or dose skipping may result in insufficient resolution of the infection, potentially leading to antibiotic resistance.
Your pharmacist or physician can provide you with a copy of the manufacturer’s patient information.
Azithromycin is also used to treat H. pylori infection, travelers’ diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal illnesses in some circumstances. It is also used to treat Legionnaires’ disease (a type of lung infection), pertussis (also known as whooping cough and characterized by severe coughing), Lyme disease (an infection that can manifest after a tick bite), and babesiosis (an infectious disease transmitted by ticks). The medicine is also used to prevent heart infection in people undergoing dental treatments or other medical interventions, as well as to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in sexual assault survivors.
It is recommended that you consult with your medical expert about the potential hazards of using this drug for your specific medical condition.
This drug could be administered for other purposes. Please visit your doctor or pharmacist for more information and advice.
Side effects are possible with azithromycin. Notify your doctor if any of the following symptoms persist or worsen:
Diarrhea and Nausea
Vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache
Some of the negative effects could be severe. If you have any of the following symptoms, stop using azithromycin immediately and contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention:
Heartbeat that is too fast, too strong, or too irregular
The appearance of a rash, with or without fever
Formation of blisters or skin peeling
Itching that does not go away
Breathing difficulty, wheezing, or swallowing difficulties
Vomiting or agitation during feeding (applicable to newborns under 6 weeks of age)
Azithromycin Brand name
(Zithromax, Zithromax Single Dose Packets, Zithromax Tri-Paks, Zithromax Z-Paks, Zmax) is an antibiotic.