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Z-Pack (Azithromycin) - An Overview
A Z-Pak, also known as a Z-Pack and Zithromax, is a branded and packaged form of the medication azithromycin. The Z-Pak is an oral antibiotic that is sometimes used to treat conditions such as bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, certain types of pneumonia and strep throat, depending on the judgement of the prescribing provider. Through Push Health, one can request a Z-Pack online and, when appropriate, get the Zithromax medication delivered or available for pickup at a local pharmacy.
Z-Pak versus Zithromax - Azithromycin
What is a Z-Pak (Z-Pack)? A Z-Pak is a convenient package that contains six tablets of the medication Zithromax (azithromycin). Each Zithromax pill in the Z-Pak is a 250-milligram dose. The reason that a Z-Pak is packaged this way is that some regimens that utilize Zithromax for the treatment of various conditions consist of two 250mg tablets on the first day followed by one tablet daily for four days. The Z-Pack is packaged in a convenient blister pack that makes it easy to remember how many azithromycin pills to take and which day of treatment one is on. And so, in comparing a Z-Pak versus Zithromax, the Z-Pak actually contains six tablets of the 250mg form of Zithromax. However, Zithromax is available in dosages different than what is found in the Z-Pak.
Zithromax - Cost & Prescription Information
The Z-Pack and Zithromax are prescription medications that are not available over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States. Fortunately, generic azithromycin is available and the branded version could almost be considered a generic Zithromax as the cost is relatively affordable at under $2 per pill at many pharmacies. Z-Pak and Zithromax coupons may also be available through Pfizer to help reduce the cost. Getting a Z-Pack (Zithromax) without a doctor can be difficult but Push Health can connect people with need an azithromycin prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe the medication if it is appropriate.
Zithromax - Dosage & Metabolism
Zithromax 250mg pills - the kind found in both bottles and Z-Pak blister cards - are pink modified capsular shaped tablets that actually contain azithromycin dihydrate equivalent to 250mg of azithromycin. These Zithromax tablets are typically engraved with “306” on one side and “Pfizer” on the other side of the medication. Zithromax also comes in the form of 500mg tablets that appear similar to the 250mg Zithromax pills except that they are engraved with “ZTM500” on one side and “Pfizer” on the other side instead. Zithromax is also available as an oral suspension in 100mg/5mL and 200mg/5mL suspensions which is usually the preferred form of azithromycin when used for pediatric patients. The terminal elimination half-life of azithromycin following a single 500mg oral and IV dose was 68 hours.
Azithromycin vs. Amoxicillin - Antibiotic Choices
When comparing azithromycin versus amoxicillin as antibiotic choices, it is not always clear how they are different and it can be helpful to know distinguishing factors. Azithromycin, as found in the Z-Pak / Zithromax, belongs to a class of antibiotics known as macrolide antibiotics. Amoxicillin, on the other hand, is a derivative of penicillin. Some people are allergic to macrolide antibiotics while others are allergic to penicillins. Also, azithromycin is useful in treating some types of infections while amoxicillin is a better choice in other types of infections. As a result, when deciding on azithromycin versus amoxicillin in treating an infection, a number of factors are important in the decision, including the likelihood of antibiotic resistance, the patient’s medical history and allergy profile, and cost considerations.
Can I Buy A Z-Pak Online?
Because Zithromax and the Z-Pak require a prescription, one cannot simply buy a Z-Pack online. Instead, it is necessary to get a prescription from a doctor or other licensed medical provider so that the Z-Pak (azithromycin) can be dispensed by a qualified pharmacy. Push Health can connect people who might need a Z-Pack or Zithromax with a medical provider to discuss obtaining a prescription for azithromycin medication if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Z-Pack (Azithromycin) - Side Effects
Side effects of a Z-Pack (azithromycin) include an upset stomach, nausea, dizziness, rash, and vomiting. More severe side effects of Zithromax include cardiac arrhythmias and allergic reactions. People who are allergic to macrolides such as azithromycin and erythromycin or allergic to ketolide drugs should not take a Zithromax. Also, a Z-Pak is not recommended for people with a history of certain types of liver disease. Zithromax can also cause drug interactions with warfarin and nelfinavir.
ZITHROMAX - Patient Information
Read this Patient Information leaflet before you start taking ZITHROMAX and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is ZITHROMAX?
ZITHROMAX is a macrolide antibiotic prescription medicine used in adults 18 years or older to treat certain infections caused by certain germs called bacteria. These bacterial infections include:
- acute worsening of chronic bronchitis
- acute sinus infection
- community-acquired pneumonia
- infected throat or tonsils
- skin infections
- infections of the urethra or cervix
- genital ulcers in men
- ear infections
- community-acquired pneumonia
- infected throat or tonsils
- have cystic fibrosis
- have hospital acquired infections
- have known or suspected bacteria in the blood
- need to be in the hospital
- are elderly
- have any medical problems that can lower the ability of the immune system to fight infections
It is not known if ZITHROMAX is safe and effective for genital ulcers in women.
It is not known if ZITHROMAX is safe and effective for children with ear infections, sinus infections, and community-acquired pneumonia under 6 months of age.
It is not known if ZITHROMAX is safe and effective for infected throat or tonsils in children under 2 years of age.
Who should not take ZITHROMAX?
Do not take ZITHROMAX if you:
- have had a severe allergic reaction to certain antibiotics known as macrolides or ketolides including azithromycin and erythromycin.
- have a history of cholestatic jaundice or hepatic dysfunction that happened with the use of azithromycin.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ZITHROMAX?
Before you take ZITHROMAX, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- have pneumonia
- have cystic fibrosis
- have known or suspected bacteremia (bacterial infection in the blood)
- have liver or kidney problems
- have an irregular heartbeat, especially a problem called “QT prolongation”
- have a problem that causes muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
- have any other medical problems
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if ZITHROMAX will harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. ZITHROMAX has been reported to pass into breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while you take ZITHROMAX.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
ZITHROMAX and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. ZITHROMAX may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how ZITHROMAX works.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
- a blood thinner (warfarin)
- an antacid that contains aluminum or magnesium
How should I take ZITHROMAX?
- Take ZITHROMAX exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- ZITHROMAX can be taken with or without food.
- If you take ZITHROMAX Oral Suspension, shake the bottle well just before you take it.
- Do not skip any doses of ZITHROMAX or stop taking it, even if you begin to feel better, until you finish your prescribed treatment unless you have a serious allergic reaction or your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking ZITHROMAX. “See What are the possible side effects of ZITHROMAX?” If you skip doses, or do not complete the total course of ZITHROMAX your treatment may not work as well and your infection may be harder to treat. Taking all of your ZITHROMAX doses will help lower the chance that the bacteria will become resistant to ZITHROMAX.
- If the bacteria becomes resistant to ZITHROMAX, ZITHROMAX and other antibiotic medicines may not work for you in the future.
- If you take too much ZITHROMAX, call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away.
What are the possible side effects of ZITHROMAX?
ZITHROMAX can cause serious side effects, including:
- Serious allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can happen in people taking azithromcyin the active ingredient in ZITHROMAX, even after only 1 dose. Stop taking ZITHROMAX and get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a severe allergic reaction:
- trouble breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the lips, tongue, face
- throat tightness, hoarseness
- rapid heartbeat
- skin rash (hives)
- new onset of fever and swollen lymph nodes
Skin rash may be a sign of a more serious reaction to ZITHROMAX.
- Liver damage (hepatotoxicity). Hepatotoxicity can happen in people who take ZITHROMAX. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have unexplained symptoms such as:
- nausea or vomiting
- loss of appetite
- stomach pain
- change in the color of your bowel movements
- dark colored urine
- abdominal pain or tenderness
- yellowing of your skin or of the whites of your eyes
- unusual tiredness
- Serious heart rhythm changes (QT prolongation and torsades de pointes).
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have a change in your heartbeat (a fast or irregular heartbeat), or if you feel faint and dizzy. ZITHROMAX may cause a rare heart problem known as prolongation of the QT interval. This condition can cause an abnormal heartbeat and can be very dangerous. The chances of this happening are higher in people:
- who are elderly
- with a family history of prolonged QT interval
- with low blood potassium
- who take certain medicines to control heart rhythm (antiarrhythmics)
Certain antibiotics like ZITHROMAX may cause worsening of myasthenia gravis symptoms, including muscle weakness and breathing problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any worsening muscle weakness or breathing problems.
The most common side effects of ZITHROMAX include:
- stomach pain
These are not all the possible side effects of ZITHROMAX. Tell your healthcare provider about
any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store ZITHROMAX?
- Store ZITHROMAX Tablets at 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
- Store ZITHROMAX Oral Suspension at 41°F to 86°F (5°C to 30°C).
- Keep ZITHROMAX Oral Suspension in a tightly closed container.
- Safely throw away any medicine that is out of date or no longer needed.
Keep ZITHROMAX and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of ZITHROMAX.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in the Patient Information leaflet. Do not use ZITHROMAX for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ZITHROMAX to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about ZITHROMAX. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about ZITHROMAX that is written for health professionals.
For more information, go to www.zithromax.com or call 1-800-438-1986.
What are the ingredients in ZITHROMAX Tablets and Oral Suspension?
ZITHROMAX Tablets and Oral Suspension
Active ingredient: azithromycin dehydrate
Inactive ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, pregelatinized starch, sodium croscarmellose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, hypromellose, lactose, titanium dioxide, triacetin, and D&C Red #30 aluminum lake.
ZITHROMAX Oral Suspension:
Inactive ingredients: sucrose; sodium phosphate, tribasic, anhydrous; hydroxypropyl cellulose; xanthan gum; FD&C Red #40; and spray dried artificial cherry, creme de vanilla, and banana flavors.
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Last updated March 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.