Capsules: 250 milligrams;
Suspension: 100 milligrams/teaspoon,
Suspension: 200 milligrams/teaspoon.
Zithromax is prescribed against susceptible bacteria causing infections of:
- The middle ear;
- Throat infections;
Zithromax is prescribed against certain sexually transmitted infectious diseases, such as nongonococcal urethritis and cervicitis.
Zithromax is an antibiotic related to erythromycin. It is prescribed for adults to treat certain mild to moderate skin infections; upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including pharyngitis (strep throat), tonsillitis, sinus infections, worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia; sexually transmitted infections of the cervix or urinary tract; and genital ulcer disease in men. In children, Zithromax is prescribed to treat middle ear infection, pneumonia, tonsillitis, and strep throat.
Zithromax should be taken at least one hour before or two hours after meals since it may bind
to food and not be absorbed from the intestine. For most infections, Zithromax is taken
once daily for a relatively short course of treatment (usually five
days). The first dose is often a "double dose," twice as much
as the remainder of the doses given. For acute bacterial sinusitis, Zithromax
way be taken once daily for three days. Zmax usually is given as a single 2 gm dose.
Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tonsillitis, Strep Throat, and Skin Infections
The usual dose of Zithromax is 500 mg in a single dose the first day. This is followed by 250 mg once daily for the next 4 days. Alternatively, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be prescribed 500 mg a day for 3 days.
The usual dose of Zithromax is 500 mg once a day for 3 days.
Genital Ulcer Disease
The usual dose is a single gram (1,000 mg) one time only.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The usual dose is a single 2-gram (2,000 mg) dose.
Middle Ear Infection
For children aged 6 months and up, treatment may be given three ways. One option is a single dose of 30 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight. Another option is a dose of 10 mg per 2.2 pounds given each day for 3 days. Zithromax can also be given over a period of 5 days, starting with a dose of 10 mg per 2.2 pounds on the first day and continuing with daily doses of 5 mg per 2.2 pounds for the next 4 days.
For children aged 6 months and up, the usual dose is 10 mg of Zithromax suspension per 2.2 pounds of body weight given once daily for 3 days.
For children aged 6 months and up, the usual dose is 10 mg of Zithromax suspension per 2.2 pounds of body weight in a single dose the first day, followed by 5 mg per 2.2 pounds for the next 4 days.
Strep Throat and Tonsillitis
For children aged 2 years and up, the usual dose is 12 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight once daily for 5 days.
Zithromax is generally well tolerated.
The most common side effects are:
- Abdominal pain;
- Diarrhea or loose stools;
Rarer side effects include:
- Allergic reactions;
- Abnormal liver tests;
Zithromax side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Nausea Or Vomiting;
- Diarrhea Or Loose Stools;
- Abdominal Pain;