Azithromycin or Zithromax is also used to treat infection of H. pylori, diarrhea viajeroy other gastrointestinal infections, Legionnaire’s disease (a type of lung infection), pertussis (whooping cough, a serious infection that can cause severe coughing) and babesiosis (one infectious disease transmitted by ticks). It is also used to prevent heart infection in people with dental or other procedures and to prevent STDs in victims of sexual abuse. You can always buy this medication at RXShopMD.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking azithromycin,
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to azithromycin, clarithromycin (Biaxin, in Prevpac), dirithromycin (not available in the US), erythromycin (EES, ERYC, Erythrocin), telithromycin (Ketek, not available in USA), to any other medication or to any of the ingredients in the tablets or suspension (liquid) of azithromycin.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); digoxin (Lanoxin); dihydroergotamine (DHE 45, Migranal); ergotamine (Ergomar); medications for irregular heartbeat such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), dofetilide (Tikosyn), procainamide (Procanbid), quinidine, and sotalol (Betapace, Sorine); nelfinavir (Viracept), phenytoin (Dilantin), and terfenadine (not available in the US). If you are taking antacids containing aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide (Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, and others), you will need to allow sometime between when you take a dose of these antacids and when you take a dose of the tablets or azithromycin liquid. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how many hours before or after you take azithromycin you can take these medications. The extended-release suspension can be taken at any time with antacids.
- Tell your doctor you have ever had jaundice (jaundice of the skin or eyes) or other liver problems while taking azithromycin. Your doctor may tell you not to take azithromycin.
- Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family suffers or suffered from a prolonged QT interval (a rare heart problem that can cause an irregular heartbeat, fainting, or sudden death) or a fast, slow, or irregular heart rhythm and has levels low magnesium or potassium in the blood, if you have a blood infection, heart failure, cystic fibrosis, myasthenia gravis (a condition of the muscles and nerves that controls them) or if you have kidney or liver disease.