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Zithromax is an antibiotic related to erythromycin. Zithromax treats certain mild to moderate skin infections; upper and lower respiratory tract infections; including pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinus infections, worsening of chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, pneumonia; sexually transmitted infections of the cervix or urinary tract; and genital ulcer disease in men. Children are given Zithromax to be treated of ear infection, pneumonia, tonsillitis, and pharyngitis.
Zithromax which contains azithromycin prevents bacteria from producing proteins which are essential to its growth. Hence the infection is stopped from spreading. Zithromax only cures bacterial infection and will not cure a viral infection.
Zithromax capsules should be taken at least one hour before or two hours after meals. The tablets or oral suspension can be taken with or without food. For most infections azithromycin is prescribed once daily of 2gm for a relatively short course. The first dose is double the remaining doses. Azithromycin can be taken once daily for three days to cure acute bacterial sinusitis. Zithromax should not be taken along with antacids containing aluminum or magnesium. If taken along with some other drugs, the effect may vary. The scheduled full course of the Zithromax has to be completed or else the effectiveness of the drug might decrease or the bacteria might become resistant to Zithromax or similar antibiotics.
The common side effects can be abdominal pain, diarrhea or loose stools, nausea or vomiting. Swelling of face, lips, neck which impend speaking, swallowing, or breathing; a violent, even fatal allergic reaction or serious skin diseases can crop up when Zithromax is administered. Sexually transmitted infection of the cervix or urinary tract is treated with the single large prescribed dose of Zithromax which may likely cause stomach and bowel side effects than the smaller doses of skin or respiratory tract infection. If one is allergic to erythromycin, its better to avoid the medicine. The in take of Zithromax has to be monitored for people with liver problems.