- How does Zithromax work?
- Zithromax Dosage and Administration
- Possible side-effects of Zithromax
Zithromax Dosage and Administration
Zithromax in form capsules has to be taken one hour before the meal or two hours after. Zithromax tablets and oral suspension aren't affected by food. Avoid taking Zithromax with an antacid containing aluminum or magnesium (Di-Gel, Gelusil, Maalox, etc)
When using single-dose Zithromax packets for oral suspension, mix the entire contents of each packet with 2 ounces of water, consume, then add another 2 ounces of water, mix again, and drink again to taken the entire dose. When giving children Zithromax suspension, first shake the bottle thoroughly (do this before every use) and use the supplied dropper to measure the exact dose. Zithromax suspension for children should be used with a 10 day period, after which the remains are thrown out.
Zithromax is prescribed only to treat a bacterial infection and will be ineffective in case of a disease caused by a virus, such as the common cold. It's is crucial that you take the full course of Zithromax, even if feel much better. In case you do not take the full course you increase the chances for bacteria to become resistent to Zithromax or other similar drugs and reduce their effectiveness.
If you miss a dose of Zithromax take it as soon as you remember. But don't take a double dose if you remember only the next day. Just skip the forgotten dose and keep up with your schedule. Keep Zithromax at room temperature.
Recommended dosage for adults
Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tonsillitis, Strep Throat, and Skin Infections
In case of these diseases you should take a single 500 milligram dose of Zithromax the first day of infection, followed by 250 milligrams each day for the next 4 days. Some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may have 500 milligrams of Zithromax a day for 3 days prescribed by their doctor.
Take 500 milligrams Zithromax once a day for 3 days.
Genital Ulcer Disease
Take 1,000 milligrams (single gram) just once.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Take 2,000 milligrams (two grams) in a single dose.
Recommended children dosage
Middle Ear Infection
Children of 6 months and up have three options of Zithromax treatment. The first is 30 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight in a single dose. The second s 10 milligrams of Zithromax per 2.2 pounds each day for 3 days. The third way of taking Zithromax is a 5 day course that starts with 10 milligrams per 2.2 pounds on the first day and then 5 milligrams per 2.2 pounds for the next 4 days.
Children of 6 months and up, may use 10 milligrams of Zithromax suspension per 2.2 pounds of body weight once a day for 3 days.
Children aged 6 months and up, have a usual dose of 10 milligrams of suspension per 2.2 pounds of body weight once the first day, and the followed by 5 milligrams per 2.2 pounds for the next 4 days.
Strep Throat and Tonsillitis
Children aged 2 years and up, can have 12 milligrams of suspension per 2.2 pounds of body weight in a single daily dose for 5 days.