Azithromycin

Commonly Recommended for:

a) Treatment of traveler’s diarrhea
b) Treatment of sinusitis, community acquired pneumonia, pertussis.

Dose:

a) Travelers diarrhea - 500 mg tablet by mouth once a day for 3 days
b) Respiratory infection – 500 mg tablet by mouth once a day for 7-10 days

Take with food:

yes

Alcohol drinking

avoid

Pregnancy risk:

considered safe in pregnancy

Breast feeding risk:

use with caution, enters breast milk

Contraindications:

Allergy to azithromycin or other macrolide antibiotics like erythromycin/clarithromycin

Special precautions:

Rarely causes rhythm abnormalities in people (prolonged QT-c interval), avoid in those with known prolongation of QT –c interval or if on medication that can cause this problem or other repolarization abnormalities.

Use with caution in those with liver disease.

Common side effects:

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Rash

Common Drug Interactions:

Can increase levels of digoxin (digitalis)
Increases level of Coumadin (warfarin) and results in prolonged bleeding.

Discuss above and other medication interactions with your pharmacist.

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