Like millions of people who contract illnesses or develop infections each year, you have probably taken an antibiotic at some point. One common antibiotic prescribed today is called Azithromycin, more commonly referred to as Zithromax. The drug can be dispensed as a powder or in a packet of pills. The packet of pills is usually referred to as the Z Pak.
The Z Pak is used to treat a broad range of illnesses and infections, from ear infections to tonsillitis. Like any antibiotic, the Z Pak is prescribed to treat specific symptoms and should be taken as prescribed and finished completely. Not finishing the course of treatment could give the bacteria time to multiply and cause a subsequent infection.
The Z Pack is part of a group of antibiotics called macrolide antibiotics. This type of antibiotic is non-habit forming but does need to be prescribed in order to be dispensed. This group of antibiotics usually begins to show effectiveness within two to five days of treatment. The group also shows no adverse effects when the patient consumes alcohol, beverages, or food.
The Z Pack should be taken by patients who exhibit symptoms of a mild to moderate infection. The types of infections the Z Pack can treat are broad. A simple list includes pneumonia, skin infections, tonsillitis, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. In these cases, the Z Pack is usually a very effective way to alleviate symptoms in a generally short period of time.
There are several beneficial aspects to taking Zithromax (Azithromycin) and the Z Pak. One of the best benefits of the drug is its rapid response rate, enabling patients to experience some relief within two to three days of beginning treatment with the Z Pak.
Zithromax has a lengthy half-life of 68 hours. This means that not only does the drug get readily picked up and delivered to the infection site within the patients body, it also means the drug continues to work for longer periods of time. This lengthy half-life enables patients to be successfully treated with the Z Pak or other dosing method of the drug.
Zithromax is packaged as tablets in the Z Pak and is convenient for patients to take throughout the day so they do not miss their regular dosing schedule. The pills are available in a blister pack, so patients may enjoy the convenience and ease of taking their medications on time whether at work, school, or at home. Patients also usually just take one pill per day, a couple of hours before eating, so it is possible to maintain a consistent dosing schedule that is easy for the patient to remember.
How Taken Zithromax Z Pack
Zithromax comes as a capsule, tablet, and liquid to take it orally. It is usually taken once a day for 2-5 days. Take Zithromax exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Shake the liquid well before each use to mix the medication evenly. The capsules and tablets should be taken with a full glass of water. Continue to take Zithromax even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Zithromax without talking to your doctor. Take Zithromax liquid at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. The capsule and tablet may be taken with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food.
Before taking Zithromax, tell your doctor if you have liver disease. You may not be able to take Zithromax, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment. Zithromax is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Zithromax passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby
Missed Dose Zithromax Z Pack
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Zithromax and seek emergency medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue). Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Zithromax and talk to your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain; unusual dizziness, fatigue, or headache; vaginal yeast infection; a rash; or increased sensitivity to sunlight. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Zithromax tablets should be stored between 15° to 30° C (59° to 86°F). Store constituted suspension between 5° to 30°C (41° to 86°F) and discard when full dosing is completed or within 10 days. Shake well before each use. Oversized bottle provides shake space. Keep tightly closed.
Overdose Zithromax Z Pack
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of Zithromax overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort.
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Zithromax may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.
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