azithromycin, Zithromax, Zmax (cont.)

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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:

  • 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.



PREPARATIONS: 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).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/3/2014

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