MED REVIEW MONDAY
Azithromycin is one of the world’s best selling antibiotics. It is derived from erythromycin. Because of its non-specific nature, it is prescribed for a wide variety of infections, including the following: ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, cellulitis, sinus infection, Lyme disease, pertussis, salmonella, pelvic inflammatory disease and chlamydia.
Side effects include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Like with most antibiotics, oral contraceptives are not effective during the cycle(s) which the drug is consumed.
Azithromycin comes in three forms: oral suspension, IV injection or tablets. It’s most commonly seen in tablet form as the “Z-pak” (6 doses, the first day including a double dosage) or “Tri-pack” (3 doses).