Zithromax (Azithromycin) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Zithromax
Zithromax is a medication taken by adults for treating bacterial infections. Examples of such infections include respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections and STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases. Zithromax is also administered to children for treating middle ear infection, tonsillitis, strep throat, and pneumonia. The generic name of this medication is azithromycin, and it belongs to the group of antibiotic medications. You can buy Zithromax as an oral suspension or an oral tablet. As an antibiotic, Zithromax fights the bacteria in the body. It may also be administered for other medical purposes as determined by the doctor.
Side Effects for Zithromax
An allergic reaction to Zithromax is characterized by difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of lips, face, throat and tongue. You must stop taking Zithromax and seek immediate medical assistance if you suffer from any signs of allergy or severe side effects. These side effects include bloody or watery diarrhea, uneven heart rate, chest pain, low fever, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools, dark colored urine, and yellowing of the eyes or skin. Inform your doctor at once if you suffer from severe skin reactions to Zithromax, which is characterized by a sore throat, fever, swollen tongue or face, burning sensation in the eyes, and the appearance of a red or purple skin rash that also causes peeling and blistering of the skin.
Mild side effects may surface when you take Zithromax, but you must inform your doctor if they worsen or persist for longer than usual. These less serious side effects include stomach upset or pain, mild diarrhea, vomiting, nausea or constipation, dizziness, headache, fatigue, unusual nervousness, insomnia, vaginal discharge or itching, mild skin rashes or itching, hearing problems, ringing sensation in the ears, and a decreased sense of smell or taste.
You must not buy Zithromax if you have a history of liver problems or jaundice caused by taking azithromycin, or if you have a known allergy to azithromycin or any other antibiotics like erythromycin, clarithromycin, telithromycin, and troleandomycin. Inform your doctor if you have myasthenia gravis, kidney disease, liver disease, heart rhythm disorder, or Long QT syndrome. Zithromax may not affect an unborn child, but you must inform your doctor beforehand if you are pregnant. Do not take this medication if you are breastfeeding without informing your doctor.
Zithromax can be taken as a tablet or as an oral suspension. The tablet form is available as Zithromax 250mg and Zithromax 500mg while the oral suspension is available as a Zithromax 1g packet, with 1 gram of the active ingredient azithromycin. The oral suspension must be mixed with 2 ounces of water, stirred, and immediately consumed. You may also add a little extra water into the same glass and swirl and drink the mixture to make sure that you take the complete dose.
Zithromax is known to interact with several medications, including digoxin, carbamazepine, pimozide, phenytoin, triazolam, warfarin, other antibiotics, calcium channel blockers, ergot medications, cholesterol medications, and HIV medications. Inform your doctor if you have taken or are still taking over-the-counter and prescription medications, mineral and vitamin supplements, and herbal products. Do not start, stop, or alter the dosage of Zithromax or any other medication without consulting your doctor.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.