GENERIC NAME: azithromycin
BRAND NAME: Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Azithromycin is effective against susceptible bacteria causing:
- otitis media (infection of the middle ear),
- uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections,
- Mycobacterium avium complex, and
- acute bacterial flare ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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:
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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