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Z Pack Antibiotic Side Effects
Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin) is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more
How safe is z pack? My hearts healthy as far as I know. Would those bad side effects show immediately? Thanks
How is safety measd?: I'm not sure exactly how to answer ur question. According to the package insert (http://labeling. Pfizer. Com/ShowLabeling. Aspx? Id=511) less than 1% of pts stopped taking Z-pack in trials b/c of adverse events, but adverse events ranging from loose stools (6%) to nausea/vomiting, rash, abd pain, etc. Was seen (2%). There are reports of QT prolongation, which affects the heart, but usually in elderly ...Read more
Zithromax Side Effec: Depends on what side effects you have question for, most of GI side effects like loose stools, stomach pain, nausea&vomiting can sometime persist more than week in some cases. Acute allergic reaction with difficulty breathin, tightness in chest& pain, irregular heart beat, rash, muscle weakness, wheezing, vision problemsetc, in some cases may persist>6 days. There are many more side effects, can you be specifi. ...Read more
Azithromycin: Most common side effect of Azithro is stomach upset, mild nausea. Often this can be minimized if taken with some food. Most side effects are short lived, though this can be highly variable, depending on the person and if taking with other medications. ...Read more
Taking Z pack for bronchitis, I've taken it years ago fine but now I'm hesitant because of the side effects. I'm a healthy girl. What's the chances?
Chances of what?: What side effects are you worried about? And are those side effects worse than the complications of an untreated infection? ...Read more
Will I have tooken z pack I never had this before and I had lack of energy sleeping promblem isnthis the side effects or depression?
What are the effects of taking too much antibiotics? I was on z pack two weeks ago and now am taking cefalexin for 10days
Depends Which Ones: Some of advocare's products are compatible but do not take it with one of the 12 or 24 day challenge products or cleanses. In that case, wait till you are done with your zpak. It is safe to use their probiotic or spark products. Advocare is responsive and advises not to take medications within several hours of using their fiber products. Absorption can be impacted and this is wise advice. ...Read more
Just finished z pack antibiotic. How long do I wait before getting prolactin test and 24 hr urnine test?
Wait a week: Azithromycin may increase measurable levels of prolactin. This drug has a fairly long half-life, so that 5 days of therapy may give levels for 10 days. Waiting one week after stopping should yield levels of Azithromycin that are unlikely to affect prolactin. To be sure, might consider waiting 2 weeks. ...Read more
Diarrhea...: ...Is the most common. Allergy, cardiac effects, other problems are possible but extremely rare. The biggest concern, of course, is helping bacteria become resistant, but since Azithromycin is never used to treat very serious infections, this is less of a problem than with other antibiotics. ...Read more
On z pack antibiotic and BC. Last 2 days on zpack, is spermicide good backup for BC? When can you be unprotected again?
B/U not needed...: Most common antibiotics, such as the Z-pack won't keep your birth-control from working. You can use a back-up method if this makes you more comfortable but it really isn't necessary with the Z-pack. Best wishes! ...Read more
I was diagnosed with strep yesterday & taken 3 doses of the z pack of antibiotic. Fever still keeps coming back every 6-7 hours since Sunday night.?
Strep Throat: Pharyngitis is not adequately treated with a simple "Z-Pak". Assuming you are allergic to Penicillin - and can not take the usual preparations of Penicillin or Amoxicillin, preferably Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) would normally recommend a "double- dose Z-pak" ie- 500 mg daily for 5 days, Check back soon with your regular provider for reassessment. ...Read more
I'm currently on z pack for my throat. This is my 3rd day on the antibiotic. I have an outdoor hockey game to attend tonight, if I go will it get worse?
Will what: Get worse? Your throat? Hard to tell what your doctor is treating so it's hard to counsel you about the natural course of the illness. If strep, and it is susceptible to vitamin z then 3 days should be sufficient to be over the worst part. ...Read more
Could I take diflucan (fluconazole) which is for yeast infections while on the z pack which is the antibiotic?
I would not: Combining these two medications can increase your risk of getting an irregular heart rhythm. ...Read more
Possible: Cold-eeze is a zinc based lozenge, zinc can irritate the stomach, so food may neutralize symptoms. Also antibiotic not only kills the bad bacteria in your body but the good bacteria, especially in your gut. Consider taking probiotics. I love zinc for cold symptoms. There's some good evidence for this! ...Read more
Is it ok to stop taking antibiotics after two doses? I've been feeling very tired, dizzy and overall depressed. Wondering if the z pack is the cause.
I was recently diagnosed with strep throat. I subsequently completed a round of z-pack antibiotics. I still have the congestion and a cough which I?
Viral URI?: How was strep throat confirmed? Over 90% of throat infections are viral, which do not respond to antibiotics. Strep is less common at your age and with presence of a cough. Even with confirmed strep it is possible to have other symptoms linger. A Z-pack is also not the antibiotic of choice, and should only be used in patients with penicillin allergy. Try an OTC cough medicine and decongestant, ...Read more
I got a flu shot today, and need to begin taking the z-pack for abssesed tooth. Will antibiotics interact with the flu vaccine? How long do I wait?
When would side effects or of allergic reaction show up from the antibiotic azithromycin. Are there serous side effects or is it rare?
True allergy could show up immediately if you have already been sensitized to azithromycin, but if this is first exposure could take two weeks. But true allergy is uncommon.
Sensitivity or side effects could show up any time during the course of exposure. Most common side effects are GI upset and rash. ...Read more
Experiencing side effects (head pressure/dizziness/nervous feeling) since taking last dose of 5-pack Azithromycin 2 weeks ago. How much longer?
Side effects of zpak: Stomach upset, diarrhea/loose stools, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain may occur. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: hearing changes (such as decreased hearing, deafness), eye problems (such as drooping eyelids, blurred vision), difficulty speaking/swallowing, muscle weakness, signs of liver problems (such as unusual tiredness, persistent nausea. ...Read more