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Azithromycin Drug Class

azithromycin drug class

Descriptions

Azithromycin is used to treat certain bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. This medicine may mask or delay the symptoms of syphilis. It is not effective against syphilis infections.

Azithromycin belongs to the class of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, this medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Suspension
  • Tablet
  • Powder for Suspension, Extended Release
  • Capsule

Side Effects

Stomach upset, diarrhea/loose stools, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: hearing changes (such as decreased hearing, deafness), eye problems (such as drooping eyelids, blurred vision), difficulty speaking/swallowing, muscle weakness, signs of liver problems (such as unusual tiredness, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).

Get medical help right away if any of these rare but seriousfast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting.

Dosage

Azithromycin is taken as a pill or liquid. It's also given as intravenous (IV) injection in hospitals. Packets of powder are mixed with water to create the liquid solution.

Azithromycin may be taken with or without food.

Doctors sometimes prescribe azithromycin for shorter periods than they do for other antibiotics, such as in a one-day "mega-dose," or for three or five days, using the Z-Pak, which starts at a higher dose than longer regimens.

Azithromycin Interactions

It is always important to share with your doctor and pharmacist all of the medications you are taking.

This includes not only all of your prescription medicine, but also products that may not seem like medication, such as over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and other dietary supplements (nutritional shakes, protein powders, etc.), and herbals along with any legal or illegal recreational drugs.

Talk to your doctor about the possibility of prescribing a different antibiotic than azithromycin if you are taking any of the following drugs:

Blood thinners like enoxaparin (Lovenox), fondaparinux (Arixta), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin or Jantoven)

warnings

Hypersensitivity - This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to Azithromycin or any other macrolides.

Myasthenia Gravis - Azithromycin has been reported to worsen the symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis as well as trigger new-onset symptoms. Hence, this medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known history of Myasthenia Gravis. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be done under your doctor's supervision.

QT Prolongation - This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of arrhythmias, heart diseases and patients who are on medicines that prolong QT interval such as psychiatric drugs and anti-arrhythmic drugs since Azithromycin may increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

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