3. Who can and can't take Azimakrol
Azimakrol can be taken by adults and children.
It isn't suitable for some people. To make sure Azimakrol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- had an allergic reaction to Azimakrol or any other medicines in the past
- liver or kidney problems
- heart problems, including irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia)
- had diarrhoea when you have taken antibiotics before
- myasthenia gravis - Azimakrol can worsen the symptoms of this muscle-weakening illness
- diabetes - Azimakrol liquid contains sugar
How should I take Azimakrol?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Azimakrol oral is taken by mouth. Azimakrol injection is given as an infusion into a vein, usually for 2 days before you switch to Azimakrol oral. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
You may take Azimakrol oral with or without food.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve. Skipping doses can increase your risk of infection that is resistant to medication. Azimakrol will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Throw away any unused liquid medicine after 10 days.
Azimakrol has been shown to be active against most strains of the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in .
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Azimakrol only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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Can Azimakrol cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with Azimakrol. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
Do I need a prescription for Azimakrol (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax)?
What Is Azimakrol (Zithromax)?
Azimakrol is the generic name for a prescription drug available as Zithromax, Zmax, and Z-Pak.
The drug is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections, such as cat-scratch disease, ear infections, infections of the skin or surrounding tissue, and throat or tonsil infections.
Azimakrol is also used to treat lung and other respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, community acquired pneumonia, some cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and whooping cough (pertussis).
Doctors may also prescribe Azimakrol for genital infections and sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, infections of the urethra or cervix, genital ulcers, and severe pelvic inflammatory disease.
Azimakrol belongs to group of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. They work by preventing bacteria from making their own proteins.
As with other antibiotics, to prevent the spread of drug-resistant infections, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly advises doctors to prescribe the drug only when there is proof, or a strong suspicion, that the infection is caused by bacteria against which Azimakrol is effective.
The FDA first approved Azimakrol under the brand name Zithromax in 1991. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals manufactures the drug.
What is Azimakrol?
Azimakrol is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, including infections of the lungs, sinus, throat, tonsils, skin, urinary tract, cervix, or genitals.
Azimakrol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
7. Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Azimakrol isn't normally recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. But your doctor may prescribe it if the benefits of taking Azimakrol are greater than the risks.
For more information about how Azimakrol can affect you and your baby during pregnancy, visit the Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS) website.
Azimakrol is prescribed to treat acute bacterial infections, such as respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections and some genital infections. It can be taken by adults and children. It works by stopping the bacteria causing the infection from multiplying.
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In Study 174, 223 patients randomized to receive rifabutin, 223 patients randomized to receive Azimakrol, and 218 patients randomized to receive both rifabutin and Azimakrol met the entrance criteria. Cumulative incidences at 6, 12, and 18 months of the possible outcomes are recorded in the following table:
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In Study 174, sensitivity testing 5 was performed on all available MAC isolates from subjects randomized to either Azimakrol, rifabutin, or the combination. The distribution of MIC values for Azimakrol from susceptibility testing of the breakthrough isolates was similar between trial arms. As the efficacy of Azimakrol in the treatment of disseminated MAC has not been established, the clinical relevance of these in vitro MICs as an indicator of susceptibility or resistance is not known.
Pregnancy and Azimakrol
Azimakrol is generally safe to take while pregnant.
Regardless, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this medication.
Whether Azimakrol is found in breast milk remains unknown. Talk to you doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed before taking Azimakrol.
Azimakrol has been reported to be excreted in breast milk in small amounts. Caution should be exercised when Azimakrol is administered to a nursing woman.
ZITHROMAX should be taken at a daily dose of 600 mg, in combination with ethambutol at the recommended daily dose of 15 mg/kg. Other antimycobacterial drugs that have shown in vitro activity against MAC may be added to the regimen of Azimakrol plus ethambutol at the discretion of the physician or health care provider.