Learn What Zithromax is and What it Does
Zithromax is an antibiotic that goes by many different names: Azithromycin, Vinzam, Zitromax, Zmax, Sumamed, Aztrin, Zitrocin, Axibiot. Zithromax was discovered in 1980 and patented in 1981. Pfizer gained the exclusive rights to sell Zithromax in Western Europe and the U.S. in 1986. It is used most often to treat bacterial infections such as middle ear infections, tonsillitis, throat infections (including laryngitis), bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinusitis. It can be used to treat certain sexually transmitted diseases including non-gonococcal urethritis and cervicitis as well as skin infections.
You should take the Zithromax capsule either on an empty stomach one hour before you eat or two hours after you have eaten. Each tablet or capsule should be taken with a full glass of water (8 ounces). The Zithromax tablet or powder can be taken with or without food, but the powder should be dissolved in two ounces of water.
Do not take it at the same time as antacids that include magnesium or aluminum. Do not take a larger than prescribed dose. Do not stop taking Zethromax unless your physician tells you to do so. It is important to take the prescription regularly to get the most benefit from it.
You should not use Zithromax if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other type of medication. If you are taking any other type of prescription or over the counter medication (including vitamins and herbal supplements) as it may interact adversely with Zithromax. Notify your physician if you have ever had any type of allergic reaction to a drug before taking Zithromax. Also, inform him or her if you have liver disease, kidney disease, a heart arrhythmia, or a history of Long QT syndrome. Tell your physician if you are pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding. It is not known whether Zithromax can pass through breastmilk and harm the baby.
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