Zithromax falls into the group of antibiotics, macrolides, and is designed for struggle against various bacterial infections. The principle of blockage of bacteria growth lies in the basis of Zithromax action. Zithromax inhibits exclusively bacteria, but not viral infections. Zithromax shows high efficiency in treatment of staphylococcus and pneumococcus, as well as the colon bacillus and Hemophilus influenza, enterococcus, salmonella and Shigella.
Besides, Zithromax is highly effective in struggle against mycoplasma and bacteroids. Bactericidal action of Zithromax occurs when it is applied in big concentration. This remedy is also efficient in therapy of sexually transmitted diseases due to its antibacterial impact (it is able to treat gonococcus, chlamydiae, and spirochetes). Other diseases caused by bacteria sensitive to Zithromax, such as angina, pneumonia, infected dermatitis, wildfire, urethritis and other infectious diseases caused by bacteria, also may be treated with its help.
Zithromax is to be taken perorally an hour prior to food intake or two hours after it. On the first day of treatment, a patient should take the dose of 0,5g; between 2nd and 5th day – 0,25g. This medication is to be taken once a day. Zithromax should be administered up to the moment when absolute recovery occurs even if its symptoms quickly disappear. It should be borne in mind that Zithromax cannot be taken in case there are any functional impairments of hepatic or renal functioning.
Zithromax intake may cause side-effects, such as nausea, stomachache, indigestion, diarrhea, hearing loss, yellowing of eyes and skin. In case of these side-effects occurrence, immediate medical attendance is required.
Zithromax as a Child’s Antibiotic
Zithromax is designed for peroral use and is issued in the tableted form covered with coating, as well as in the capsulized form. The drug contains azithromycin, dehydrate and other inactive ingredients, such as calcium, phosphate, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium, lactose, hypromellose, etc.
For pediatric use, Zithromax may be issued in the form of liquid suspension.
What should a patient know about the medication?
- It represents a special antibiotics type, macrolides;
- Trademark of the medication is Azithromycin;
- Antibiotic Zithromax is a perfect choice for struggle against kids’ infections in those cases when a child suffers from penicillin allergy;
- The medication may be taken either during food intake or after it;
- In comparison with other similar antibiotics, Zithromax is cheaper, but of the same high performance.
Information which should be taken into account in case of Zithromax pediatric use:
- In case your child takes other medications along with Zithromax, consult a pharmacist and pediatrician in regards to possible interaction of the drugs;
- In case of side-effects occurrence, consult a specialist in order to change the dosage of Zithromax;
- The medication is issued in doses of 250, 500 and 600mg.
- Children who are hypersensitive and allergic to erythromycin or any other antibiotics-macrolides must refuse taking Zithromax.
What adverse effects may occur in children? Kids are recommended undergoing a five-day therapy course. The most widely-spread side-effects caused by this antibiotic are diarrhea, nausea, vomit, stomachache, and rash. Very often side-effects occur when a child took excessive dose.
Zithromax: Effective Struggle against Infection
Falling into the group of macrolides and being tightly connected with erythromycin, Zithromax is designed to stop fast bacteria propagation due to reduction of protein growth necessary for bacteria development. The medications may be applied either in combination with other medications or separately. It is noteworthy that it is very often prescribed for HIV-infected patients in order to prevent from further contagion in their organism.
Zithromax allows treating a lot of various bacterial infections effectively, in particular sexually transmitted diseases, skin diseases, and ear infections. Besides, Zithromax is efficient in treatment of pneumonia, tonsillitis, and acute pharyngitis.
Zithromax Administration Guide
Zithromax doesn’t require doctor’s prescription. In case you have decided to administer Zithromax on your own without doctor’s recommendation, you need to examine the drug’s instruction thoroughly. You shouldn’t take this medication in doses surpassing the ones indicated in the instruction. Also, it is not recommended prolonging therapy course. Do not forget that treatment of different types of infections may require diverse dosages.
Zithromax has various presentation forms: capsules, pills, and suspension. You are able to select the appropriate form for the most effective therapy.
The afore-mentioned forms are taken in different ways:
- Coated pills or tablets are taken perorally after food. The dosage is selected as per instruction. Tablets should be drunk with water.
- Liquid suspension dose makes 1 bag diluted in 2ml of water. The mixture obtained should be intermixed thoroughly and drunk right away. The mixture is not to be stored for further application longer than 12 hours. You may add more water to suspension, if required.
- Powder supplement Zithromax may be applied along with food. This way, a patient will avoid possible stomach upset.
- Capsules are to be taken fasted 1-2 hours prior or after the food.
Long-term uncontrolled application of Zithromax may lead to occurrence of oral or vaginal infection. Appearance of white plaques on buccal mucous membrane and change of vaginal discharge are sufficient reason to immediate consultation by a specialist and termination of the drug intake. Allergic reactions occurrence is unlikely. Incorrect application of Zithromax may cause diarrhea as a consequence of new infection occurrence. In case diarrhea is too watery with blood – seek immediate medical attendance! Do not select anti-diarrhea medications on your own, since you may harm yourself. While using the medicine, avoid direct sunlight and ultraviolet radiation, since there is a justified risk to get sunburn. The point is that skin becomes sensitive to ultraviolet after Zithromax administration. In order to evade sunburn, it is recommended using special sun blocking creams. Zithromax is to be stored at room temperature in dark place far from warmth and moisture.
Zithromax during Pregnancy and Lactation
Zithromax influence on mother’s organism and fetus is not studied. Thus, it is difficult to state whether it is obnoxious for an unborn child or not. Before using Zithromax, a woman must inform a doctor of her pregnancy or planning during therapy course with this medication.
Also, erythromycin action on breast milk is unknown. Besides, it is unclear if Zithromax is harmful for breastfed child or not. Mothers are not recommended taking this medication during lactation period without taking advice with attending doctor beforehand.
As of adverse effects of Zithromax in total, they have not been studied yet. The most characteristic and widely-spread side-effects are labored breathing and facial edema. In case of their occurrence, immediate consultation by a specialist is required.