|Active ingredient : Azithromycin||Manufactured by : Various|
|Treatment: Bacterial infections||Dosage : 100, 250, 500 mg|
Generic Zithromax is the name of the drug containing the salt Azithromycin. Azithromycin is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. Many bacterial infections such as ear, skin, respiratory and sexually transmitted infections are treated using this antibiotic. It is a medication also given in bronchitis, pneumonia, and infections of throat and lungs. Tonsils and ear infections in children are often treated using Azithromycin. More recently, this antibiotic has been used more to prevent infections in children and others who happen to have a weak immune system.
The working of Azithromycin on bacteria is such that it does not allow them to grow and multiply as it hampers with protein synthesis process of bacteria. Azithromycin is only effective against certain types of bacteria and it should not be used to treat viral infections. Only when it is beyond doubt that an infection is caused by bacteria should this medication be used to prevent the onset of the infection. Not many know that Azithromycin is actually derived from erythromycin and the only difference that lies between the two is methyl substituted nitrogen atom into the lactone ring.
People who have had problems of jaundice or had liver problems in the past should not take Zithromax, and if their doctor prescribes them this antibiotic, they should reveal their history to the doctor. Zithromax is one medication that is known to interact with other medications. So it is important to let your doctor know all your prescriptions and over the counter medications you are taking so that no complication arises later on. Just like other antibiotics, complete the full course of the antibiotic and do not stop taking generic Zithromax even if you feel you have been cured or you are feeling better. This is necessary as otherwise the infection might recur.
Some medical conditions that need to be told to the doctor if a person has been prescribed generic Zithromax are kidney ailment, liver ailment, myasthenia gravis, and heart rhythm problem. Though Azithromycin is considered safe to be used during pregnancy, a lady must tell her doctor if she is pregnant or is even planning to conceive. If you are a nursing mother, do not take Zithromax on your own without informing your doctor. People taking antacids for their bad digestion must stop these antacids as they are known to hamper with the working of Zithromax, making it less effective.