azithromycin, Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax

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GENERIC NAME: azithromycin

BRAND NAME: Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Azithromycin is effective against susceptible bacteria causing:

It also is effective for acute pelvic inflammatory disease and several sexually transmitted infectious diseases such as nongonococcal urethritis and cervicitis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects are:

Other important side effects include:

  • rash,
  • 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/29/2016



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