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Azithromycin For Strep Throat

azithromycin for strep throat

Introduction

Strep throat is an infection of your throat and tonsils, the two small tissue masses in the back of your throat. The infection can cause symptoms such as sore throat, swollen glands, fever, loss of appetite, and white spots on your tonsils.

Strep throat is caused by bacteria, so it’s treated with an antibiotic. Treatment with an antibiotic can shorten the amount of time you have strep throat symptoms and decrease the spread of infection to other people. Z-Pak is a form of the brand-name drug Zithromax. It’s an antibiotic that can treat strep throat, though it’s not a common choice for this infection.

Azithromycin 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.

Side effects

As with any medication, azithromycin can cause side effects. Some of the more common side effects include:

  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headache

Less common and more serious side effects can also occur when taking azithromycin. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

  • allergic reaction, with symptoms such as skin rash or swelling of your lips or tongue
  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
  • easy bleeding or bruising
  • severe diarrhea or diarrhea that doesn’t go away
  • heart rhythm problems

Azithromycin Warnings

Azithromycin can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart, which may lead to deadly irregular heart rhythm, according to a special warning by the FDA in 2012.

If you have a heart-rhythm condition, such as a slow or irregular heartbeat, or take drugs to treat these conditions, you should talk to your doctor about it before taking azithromycin.

Your doctor also should make sure you have normal blood levels of potassium and magnesium before prescribing 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.

You should not take Azithromycin if you are taking

  • Pimozide (Orap)
  • BCG live (Theracrys)
  • Dronedarone

Azithromycin and Alcohol

Alcohol may increase or worsen certain side effects caused by azithromycin, such as dizziness and upset stomach.

Azithromycin and Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit and azithromycin are both broken down the same way by the liver, so interactions are possible, although they are thought to be uncommon.

To be safe, avoid all grapefruit products while taking this drug.

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