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How does Zithromax work and what pharmaceutical group does it belong to?

Zithromax belongs to group of the drugs called antibiotics. Azithromycin depresses peptide-translocase on transmission stage, suppresses proteosynthesis, decreases growth and replication of bacteria. It possesses bactericidal effect. The medication acts on extra-cellular cellicolous germs. Azithromycin is not effective against gram-positive bacteria resistant to erythromycin.

Which conditions are treated with Zithromax?

Zithromax is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections and ENT organs caused by sensitive germs: pharyngitis, tonsillitis,laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, scarlatina respiratory tract infections
  • Lower respiratory tract infections: pneumonia, bronchitis
  • Infections of skin and soft tissues: erysipelas, impetigo, secondarily infected dermatosis
  • Urinary infections: gonorrheal and non-gonorrheal urethritis, cervicitis
  • Lyme disease
  • Stomach and duodenal ulcer

What should a patient know before using Zithromax?

The Zithromax should not be used in cases of:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Liver and renal insufficiency

The medication should be used with caution in cases of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Arrhythmia
  • Breastfeeding

Which adverse effects may manifest when using the medication?

The side effects of Zithromax include:

  • In digestive system: diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, vomit, flatulence, melena, cholestatic jaundice; in children: constipation, decrease of appetite, candidiasis of the mouth mucous membranes
  • In cardiovascular system: heartbeat, pain in the chest
  • In nervous system: dizziness, headache, drowsiness; in children: headache, hyperanakinesia, anxiety, neurosis, sleep disorder
  • In urinary system: vaginal candidiasis
  • Allergic reactions: rash, urticaria, skin itch, angioedema

It is not necessary that the side effects will manifest in an individual but the possibility still exist. For more information please consult your health care provider.

Which groups of drugs or specific preparations may interact with Zithromax?

The drug is affected by the following:

  • Antacids
  • Ethanol
  • Anticoagulants
  • Cardiac glycosides
  • Alpha-adrenoblockers
  • Sedatives
  • Corticosteroids
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Diabetes treatment
  • Diuretics
  • Immunosuppressors
  • Xantines
  • Alkaloids
  • Other antibiotics
  • Heparin

Tell your doctor about all the herbal preparations as well as prescription drugs that you are currently taking even if they are not on the list.

Important information for the patient:

Zithromax is supplied for individual use. Do not use it to treat other conditions not listed in the leaflet. Keep the product out of children reach. Do not reuse any disposable materials if supplied with the preparation.