Zithromax (Azithromycin) Drug / Drugs Info


tablets and oral suspension

Azithromycin (a-zithro-my-sin)

Shopper Drugs Info

What’s on this leaflet

This leaflet solutions some frequent questions on Zithromax. It doesn’t include all
the out there info.

It doesn’t take the place of speaking to your physician or pharmacist.

All medicines have dangers and advantages. Your physician has weighed the dangers of you taking
Zithromax towards the advantages they anticipate it’ll have for you.

You probably have any considerations about taking this medication, ask your physician or pharmacist.

Preserve this leaflet together with your medication.

You might have to learn it once more.

What Zithromax is used for

Zithromax is used to deal with infections in numerous components of the physique brought on by micro organism.

It’s generally used to deal with Chlamydia. Zithromax can be used to forestall infections
by a bacterium referred to as Mycobacterium Avium-intracellulare Advanced (MAC) in some individuals.

Zithromax is an antibiotic, which belongs to a bunch of medicines referred to as azalides.

The azalides are a sub-class of a bunch of antibiotics referred to as macrolides.

Zithromax works by killing or stopping the expansion of micro organism inflicting your an infection.

Zithromax won’t work towards viral infections corresponding to colds or flu.

Ask your physician if in case you have any questions on why Zithromax has been prescribed
for you.

Your physician might have prescribed it for one more cause.

Zithromax is barely out there with a physician’s prescription.

This medication isn’t addictive.

This medication isn’t anticipated to have an effect on your potential to drive a automobile or function equipment.

Earlier than you are taking Zithromax

When you could not take it

Don’t take Zithromax in case you are allergic to:


another macrolide or ketolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin, roxithromycin,

any of the elements listed on the finish of this leaflet.

Signs of an allergic response might embrace shortness of breath, wheezing or issue
respiratory; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or different components of the physique; rash, itching
or hives on the pores and skin.

Don’t take this medication if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the packaging has handed
or if the packaging is torn or exhibits indicators of tampering.

If it has expired or is broken, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.

In case you are unsure whether or not you must begin taking this medication, discuss to your physician.

Earlier than you begin to take it

Inform your physician if in case you have allergy symptoms to another medicines, meals, preservatives
or dyes.

Inform your physician if in case you have another well being issues, together with:

any liver issues

any kidney issues

any coronary heart issues, together with abnormalities of the rhythm

diabetes, hereditary fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or saccharise-isomaltase

cystic fibrosis

muscle weak point

low ranges of potassium or magnesium in your blood

in case you are pregnant or for those who plan to develop into pregnant or are breastfeeding. Your physician
can focus on with you the dangers and advantages concerned.

You probably have not informed your physician about any of the above, inform them earlier than you begin
taking Zithromax.

Taking different medicines

Inform your physician or pharmacist in case you are taking another medicines, together with any
that you simply get with no prescription from a pharmacy, grocery store or well being meals store.

Some medicines might intrude with Zithromax or enhance the danger of unwanted effects.
These embrace:

antacids (medicines used to deal with indigestion)

colchicine (a drugs used to deal with gout)

coumarin-type oral anti-coagulants (a drugs used to forestall blood clots)

cyclosporin (a drugs used to forestall organ transplant rejection or to deal with sure
issues with the immune system)

digoxin (a drugs used to deal with irregular coronary heart rhythm or coronary heart failure)

ergot derivatives (corresponding to ergotamine, which is used to deal with migraines)

terfenadine or astemizole (medicines used to deal with allergy symptoms and hay fever)

zidovudine, a drugs used to deal with sufferers with AIDS

diphenoxylate (Lomotil), a drugs used to deal with diarrhoea

some medicines used to deal with coronary heart rhythm issues (coronary heart arrhythmia) corresponding to amiodarone,
disopyramide, ibutilide and sotalol

antipsychotic medicines used to deal with schizophrenia or bipolar mania corresponding to haloperidol,
quetiapine and risperidone

medicines used to deal with melancholy (antidepressants) corresponding to fluoxetine, sertraline
and venlafaxine

fluoroquinolone antibiotics corresponding to ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin and

These medicines could also be affected by Zithromax or might have an effect on how properly it really works. You
might have completely different quantities of your medicines, or you might have to take completely different medicines.

Your physician or pharmacist has extra info on medicines to watch out with or
to keep away from whereas taking Zithromax.

Speak to your physician in regards to the want for added contraception whereas taking Zithromax.

Some antibiotics might lower the effectiveness of some contraception drugs, though
this has not been proven with Zithromax.

take Zithromax

Observe all instructions given to you by your physician or pharmacist rigorously.

They might differ from the data contained on this leaflet.

If you don’t perceive the directions on the pack, ask your physician or pharmacist
for assist.

How a lot to take

The dose will rely in your an infection.

The same old dose to deal with Chlamydia is 2 500 mg tablets taken as a single dose.

For different infections Zithromax is often taken as soon as a day. Typically the dose is
taken as soon as every week. Your physician will determine the fitting dose for you.

The dose in your youngster will rely on his or her physique weight. Zithromax oral suspension
is to be used by kids.

Your pharmacist will clarify easy methods to use it in case you are unsure.

take it


Swallow the tablets complete with liquid.

Oral Suspension:

Shake the bottle properly earlier than use and use the measuring syringe equipped.

Zithromax could also be taken with or with out meals.

In case you are taking an antacid (e.g., Gastrogel, Mylanta), take it no less than one hour
earlier than or two hours after your Zithromax dose.

It will keep away from any potential impact of the antacid on the absorption of Zithromax.

How lengthy to take it

Proceed taking Zithromax till you end the pack or bottle or till your physician

Don’t cease taking it as a result of you feel higher.

If you don’t full the complete course prescribed by your physician, the an infection might
not clear utterly or your signs might return.

In case you are unsure how lengthy you have to be taking Zithromax, examine together with your physician.

When you overlook to take it

In case you are taking Zithromax for 3 days or longer and also you miss a dose, take it
as quickly as you keep in mind (inside a 24- hour interval), then proceed as regular.

Don’t attempt to make up for missed doses by taking multiple dose at a time.

In case you are unsure what to do, examine together with your physician or pharmacist.

You probably have bother remembering to take your Zithromax, ask your pharmacist for some

When you take an excessive amount of (Overdose)

Instantly phone your physician or Poisons Info Centre (13 11 26) for recommendation
for those who assume that you simply or anybody else might have taken an excessive amount of Zithromax.

Do that even when there are not any indicators of discomfort or poisoning. You might want pressing
medical consideration.

When you take too many tablets or an excessive amount of oral suspension, you might get an upset abdomen,
diarrhoea or pores and skin rashes.

If you are utilizing Zithromax

Issues you could do

If the signs of your an infection don’t enhance inside a couple of days, or in the event that they develop into
worse, inform your physician.

When you get extreme diarrhoea, inform your physician, pharmacist or nurse instantly. Do
this even when it happens a number of weeks after Zithromax has been stopped.

Diarrhoea might imply that you’ve a critical situation affecting your bowel. You might
want pressing medical care. Don’t take any diarrhoea medication with out first checking
together with your physician.

When you get a sore, white mouth or tongue whereas taking, or quickly after stopping Zithromax,
inform your physician. Additionally inform your physician for those who get vaginal itching or discharge.

This may occasionally imply you could have a yeast an infection referred to as thrush. Typically using Zithromax
permits yeast to develop and the above signs to happen. Zithromax doesn’t work towards

When you develop into pregnant whereas taking Zithromax, inform your physician.

Inform your physician instantly if throughout remedy with Zithromax your child develops
irritability with feeding or begins vomiting.

This can be an indication of a abdomen dysfunction within the toddler.

In case you are about to start out any new medicines, inform your physician and pharmacist that
you take Zithromax.

Inform another docs, dentists and pharmacists who’re treating you that you’re
taking Zithromax.

Issues you could not do

Don’t cease taking Zithromax or decrease the dosage with out checking together with your physician.

If you don’t full the complete course prescribed by your physician, all of the organisms
inflicting your an infection is probably not killed. These organisms might proceed to develop and
multiply in order that your an infection might not clear utterly or might return.

Don’t give Zithromax to anybody else, even when they’ve the identical situation as you.

Don’t use Zithromax to deal with another medical complaints except your physician tells
you to.

Issues to watch out of

Defend your pores and skin if you end up within the solar, particularly between 10am and 3pm.

Some macrolide antibiotics might trigger your pores and skin to be extra delicate to daylight than
it’s usually. Publicity to daylight might trigger a pores and skin rash, itching, redness or extreme

If outdoor, put on protecting clothes and use a 30+ sunscreen. In case your pores and skin does seem
to be burning inform your physician instantly.

Unwanted side effects

Inform your physician or pharmacist as quickly as potential if you don’t really feel properly whilst you
are taking Zithromax.

Like different medicines, Zithromax could cause some unwanted effects. In the event that they happen, most are
prone to be minor and momentary. Nevertheless, some could also be critical and wish medical consideration.

Ask your physician or pharmacist to reply any questions you might have.

Don’t be alarmed by the next checklist of unwanted effects. You might not expertise any
of them.

Whereas taking it

Inform your physician or pharmacist for those who discover any of the next they usually fear you:

oral thrush – white, furry, sore tongue and mouth

vaginal thrush – sore and itchy vagina and/or white discharge

nausea (feeling sick), lack of urge for food, vomiting, abdomen ache, indigestion, wind,
constipation, diarrhoea

dizziness, headache, spinning sensation

tiredness, drowsiness, fatigue

muscle or joint aches


listening to loss or ringing within the ears

altered style and scent.

These unwanted effects are often gentle.

See your physician instantly and earlier than you are taking your subsequent dose of Zithromax for those who
discover any of the next:

extreme persistent diarrhoea (unfastened bowel motions)

quick or irregular coronary heart beat

signs of sunburn corresponding to redness, itching, swelling or blistering which can happen
extra shortly than regular

decreased feeling or sensitivity, particularly within the pores and skin

hives, itching or pores and skin rash

widespread physique rash, fever and swollen lymph nodes

aggressive response, nervousness, agitation or anxiousness

bleeding or bruising extra simply than regular, reddish or purplish blotches beneath the
pores and skin

indicators of frequent or worrying infections corresponding to fever, extreme chills, sore throat
or mouth ulcers

darkish urine or blood within the urine or bowel motions

extreme higher abdomen ache, usually with nausea and vomiting.

These are critical unwanted effects. You might want pressing medical consideration. Critical facet
results are uncommon.

If any of the next occur, cease taking Zithromax and inform your physician instantly
or go to casualty at your nearest hospital:

sudden indicators of allergy corresponding to rash, itching or hives on the pores and skin, swelling of the
face, lips, tongue or different components of the physique, shortness of breath, wheezing or bother

blisters or ulcers on the pores and skin, within the mouth or airways that will happen after a interval
of fever

diarrhoea, often with blood and mucus, abdomen ache and fever

yellowing of the eyes or pores and skin, additionally referred to as jaundice

chest ache


convulsions (matches)

These are very critical unwanted effects. You might want pressing medical consideration or hospitalisation.
These unwanted effects are uncommon.

After ending it

Inform your physician instantly for those who discover any of the next unwanted effects, significantly
in the event that they happen a number of weeks after stopping remedy with Zithromax:

extreme abdomen cramps

watery and extreme diarrhoea, which can be bloody

fever, together with one or each of the above.

Zithromax could cause some micro organism, that are usually current within the bowel and usually
innocent to multiply and subsequently trigger the above signs. You might want pressing medical
consideration. Nevertheless this facet impact is uncommon.

Don’t take any medication for this diarrhoea with out first checking together with your physician.

Inform your physician for those who discover anything that’s making you’re feeling unwell.

Different unwanted effects not listed above may happen in some sufferers. A few of these
unwanted effects (for instance sure liver situations, and blood abnormalities) can solely
be discovered when your physician does checks every so often to examine your progress.

Don’t be alarmed at this checklist of potential unwanted effects.

You might not expertise any of them

After utilizing Zithromax


Preserve Zithromax in its unique packaging till it’s time to use it.

When you take Zithromax out of its packaging, it might not maintain as properly.

Preserve your Zithromax in a cool, dry place the place the temperature stays beneath 30°C.

Don’t retailer Zithromax or another medication within the rest room or close to a sink. Don’t
go away it within the automobile or on a window sill.

Warmth and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Preserve your Zithromax the place younger kids can not attain it.

A locked cabinet no less than one-and-a-half metres above the bottom is an effective place
to retailer medicines.


In case your physician tells you to cease taking this medication, or it has handed its expiry
date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that’s left over.

Discard any oral suspension left over after 10 days.

Product description

What it seems like

Zithromax tablets are available two strengths:

Zithromax 500 mg – white to off white, unscored, modified capsule-shaped movie coated
tablets, engraved with ‘ZTM 500’ on one facet and ‘Pfizer’ on the opposite. Blister packs
of two and three.

Zithromax 600 mg – white to off white, scored, modified oval movie coated tablets,
engraved with ‘ZTM 600’ on one facet and ‘PFIZER’ on the opposite. Blister pack of 8.

Zithromax Powder for Oral Suspension is a white to off-white powder in a 15 mL bottle,
and it’s an off-white to orange to brown liquid when made up with water.


Energetic ingredient

500 mg Tablets

500 mg azithromycin per pill

600 mg Tablets

600 mg azithromycin per pill

Powder for Oral Suspension

200 mg azithromycin per 5 mL

Different elements


pregelatinsed-maize starch

calcium hydrogen phosphate

croscarmellose sodium

magnesium stearate

sodium lauryl sulfate



titanium dioxide

glycerol triacetin

Powder for Oral Suspension


sodium phosphate


xanthan gum

cherry flavour

banana flavour

vanilla flavour (incorporates milk merchandise)


Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Sydney NSW

Toll Free Quantity: 1800 675 229

Australian Registration Numbers

500 mg Tablets: AUST R 58797

600 mg Tablets: AUST R 60057


Powder for Oral Suspension

200 mg/5mL: AUST R 60049


This leaflet was ready in January 2022.


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