• Azithromycin Dihydrate

Zithromax is a treatment for cellulitis, and is marketed by Pfizer. It is a type of antibiotic called a macrolide

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Zithromax 250mg

This capsule contains 250mg of azithromycin. For cellulitis infections, a doctor may prescribe a course of two tablets per day for three days.

Zithromax Suspension 200mg/5ml

In this oral suspension solution is 200mg azithromycin per 5ml. The typical dose for cellulitis infections may be 12.5 ml once a day for three days.

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Zithromax is a treatment used in various types of bacterial infections, including cellulitis. It is available in two forms, as a hard capsule and as an oral suspension fluid, and is marketed by Pfizer. The typical duration for a course of this medication is three days, but this may vary depending on the instructions of your prescriber. To buy Zithromax in the UK, a prescription is required.

  1. Effective treatment for cellulitis
  2. Issued as a capsule or a suspension fluid
  3. Fights off infection quickly

It is not uncommon for someone to encounter cellulitis. The NHS estimates that as many as 50,000 of the cases reported to them in 2012 required hospital admission. Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and the layers of tissue underneath. Symptoms include redness, tenderness, pain and feelings of heat in an infected area, and often swelling and blisters too. This can occur just about anywhere on the body, but is generally more common in the legs and fingers. If left untreated, the condition can lead to complications such as abscesses, and blood poisoning.

This type of illness is sometimes referred to as a 'staph infection', and is the result of the staphylococcal and streptococcal strains of bacteria. In many cases, this bacteria may live on the skin without causing any problems and be harmless; but when it enters the tissue through breaks or cuts in the skin, infection can occur and cause the above symptoms.

Certain measures can help to prevent infection, such as maintaining good hygiene practices, and keeping cuts and sores clean and covered with sterile dressing. Where cellulitis is present, however, antibiotic treatment may be required to help the body fight off the infection and alleviate symptoms.

In Zithromax, the functioning ingredient is a drug called azithromycin. This is known as a macrolide antibiotic, and has a versatile range of uses. When treating cellulitis, the medicine works by combating the bacteria responsible. It does this by preventing the bacteria from producing the self-sustaining nutrients it needs to grow, and as a result, the body’s immune system is better able to fight it off. Symptoms then begin to ease off and the infection is eventually cleared.

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How to use Zithromax

Make sure when using this treatment that you follow the directions issued by your prescriber, and adhere to the guidelines in the patient information leaflet. This will help you reduce the likelihood of side effects and get the best possible results from the drug.

  1. Use as directed.

For the capsule version:

The dose may vary. To treat infections such as as cellulitis, the course may be two 250mg capsules taken as a single dose, daily, for three days.
Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water.

For the oral suspension version:

  1. A typical dose may be 500mg, or 12.5ml, taken once a day for three days.
  2. To administer, use the spoon or syringe provided.

For both versions:

  1. Do not exceed the prescribed amount.
  2. If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. You should not compensate for a missed dose by doubling up on your next one.
  3. Let your doctor know if symptoms persist.

The above is provided only as a summary. More detailed information is available in the leaflet supplied with the product.

Download Zithromax Capsule PDF

Download Zithromax Suspension PDF

Zithromax side effects

Not everyone who uses this medication will experience side effects, but it is still important to be aware of these so that you can act in the event that they occur. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any signs of: an allergic reaction, such as sudden wheeziness, difficulty breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, or hives; severe diarrhoea accompanied by blood or mucus; skin rash causing redness and flaking; irregular heartbeat; or low blood pressure.

Very common (1 in 10 people or more):
Stomach cramps, feeling sick, diarrhoea or flatulence.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Headache, dizziness, being sick, numbness or pins and needles, indigestion, loss of appetite, taste disturbance, sight problems, deafness, skin rash, itching, pain in the joints, reduced numbers of white blood cells, tiredness or weakness.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Oral or vaginal thrush, blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals, photosensitive reactions, feeling nervous, hypoesthesia, sleeping difficulty, poor hearing or ringing in the ears, palpitations, chest pain, constipation, diarrhoea, fever, hepatitis, abnormal blood or liver function tests, loss of strength, or swelling.

Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Feelings of agitation, or vertigo.

The above is provided only as a summary guide. More detailed information can be found in the leaflet supplied.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your doctor know if you are taking any other treatments when filling in our medical questionnaire. This product may not be suitable for use in conjunction with: ergot or ergotamine; warfarin or any similar drugs used to prevent blood clots; ciclosporin; antacids; digoxin; or terfenadine.

Conditions to look out for

Those with a history of any of the following should seek advice from their prescriber before using this drug, as it may not be suitable, or require use under special instructions: liver or kidney problems; heart conditions; lactose intolerance; diabetes; or migraine.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes, technically, as it is not thought to interfere with the function of the drug. However, it may exacerbate any side effects which do occur. We would therefore not recommend that you drink alcohol when taking this treatment.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, provided you experience no side effects which may make driving difficult or dangerous. If you do, refrain from driving and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It may not be suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor before taking this or any other treatment in such cases.

How should I store it?

Keep it in a safe place below 30°C. Any oral suspension fluid which has not been used after five days should the discarded.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

In Zithromax capsules are the following: azithromycin, lactose, magnesium stearate, maize starch, sodium lauryl sulphate, gelatin, iron oxide (black) E172, shellac, propylene glycol, sulphur dioxide and titanium dioxide.

The oral suspension version contains: azithromycin, sucrose, hydroxypropylcellulose, sodium phosphate tribasic anhydrous, xanthan gum and the flavourings artificial banana, artificial cherry and artificial creme de vanilla.

Do not use these products if you are allergic to any ingredients which constitute them.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You will need a prescription in order to be able to buy Zithromax from our online pharmacy. This can be obtained through our remote consultation service, which is staffed by registered practitioners.

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