About the Side Effects of Zithromax

Like all medicines, Zithromax can trigger a row of unpleasant adverse effects usually caused by non-proper use or this preparation or the patient being in a risk group. Sometimes side effects are the result of overdose or failure to stick to the recommended dosage schedule. That is why you need to use Zithromax carefully and preferably under medical supervision.

Zithromax precautions

This medicine is an antibacterial antibiotic of the macrolide group. It is prescribed for the treatment of certain infections caused by bacteria.

Never take Zithromax if:

  • you are allergic to this drug or to any macrolide;
  • you need to take dihydroergotamine or ergotamine (migraine medications);
  • you need to take cisapride (anti-reflux medication).

This medication should generally not be used in combination with bromocriptine (drug against hyperprolactinemia and Parkinson's disease), cabergoline (drug against adrenocortical hyperfunction) and pergolide (drug prescribed for the treatment of the Parkinson’s disease).

Take special care with Zithromax 250 mg film-coated tablets if you use them along with other antibiotics. Rare yet serious allergic reactions have been reported, so any allergic reaction (rash, itching) during treatment must be reported to a healthcare provider immediately.

Since Zithromax contains lactose, it should not be used by patients with galactosemia, malabsorption of glucose and galactose or lactase deficiency (rare metabolic diseases).

Before taking this medicine, tell your healthcare provider if you developed urticaria or other rash, itching, edema (sudden allergic swelling of the face and neck) during a previous antibiotic treatment.

Possible side effects of Zithromax

Like all medicines, even a single dose of Zithromax can trigger side effects, some of which may include:

  1. Mucocutaneous effects: allergic skin rash, photosensitivity, pain in the joints, hives, itching, edema and generalized allergic reactions. Rare cases of severe skin reactions have been reported.
  2. Digestive side effects: nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea (rarely severe), abdominal pain, pancreatitis (pancreas disease).
  3. Hepatic effects: increased liver enzymes (reversible when treatment is stopped); severe liver damage in extremely rare cases.
  4. Neurological effects: dizziness; rare cases of convulsions.
  5. Blood effects: Isolated cases of abnormally low levels of platelets.
  6. Psychiatric: rare cases of aggressive behavior, nervousness, restlessness and anxiety.
  7. Genital effects: inflammation of the vagina.
  8. Auditory effects: rare cases of hearing impairment with whistling, ringing in the ears or deafness.
  9. General effects: fungal infections.