Adoxa vs. Zithromax

Are Adoxa and Zithromax the Same Thing?

Adoxa (doxycycline) and Zithromax Z-PAK (azithromycin) are antibiotics used to treat many different bacterial infections.

Adoxa is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea.

Adoxa and Zithromax are different types of antibiotics. Adoxa is a tetracycline antibiotic and Zithromax Z-PAK is a macrolide antibiotic.

Side effects of Adoxa and Zithromax that are similar include stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, skin rash or itching, and vaginal itching or discharge.

Side effects of that are different from Adoxa include abdominal pain, constipation, dizziness, tiredness, headache, nervousness, sleep problems (insomnia), ringing in the ears, hearing problems, or decreased sense of taste or smell.

Both Adoxa and Zithromax may interact with cholesterol-lowering medications, blood thinners, and other antibiotics.

Adoxa may also interact with isotretinoin, tretinoin, antacids, products containing bismuth subsalicylate; minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements.

Zithromax may also interact with arsenic trioxide, cyclosporine, pimozide, tacrolimus, theophylline, antidepressants, anti-malaria medications, ergot medicines, heart or blood pressure medications, heart rhythm medicines, HIV medicines, medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, migraine headache medicines, narcotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and seizure medicines.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adoxa?

Common side effects of Adoxa include:

  • stomach upset,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • skin rash or itching, or
  • vaginal itching or discharge

What Are Possible Side Effects of Zithromax?

Common side effects of Zithromax include:

  • diarrhea or loose stools,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • stomach upset,
  • vomiting,
  • constipation,
  • dizziness,
  • tiredness,
  • headache,
  • vaginal itching or discharge,
  • nervousness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • skin rash or itching,
  • ringing in the ears,
  • hearing problems,
  • or decreased sense of taste or smell.

What Is Adoxa?

Adoxa (doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others. Adoxa is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea.

What Is Zithromax?

Zithromax Z-PAK (azithromycin) is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic used for treating:

Zithromax is also effective against several sexually transmitted infectious diseases (STDs) such as nongonococcal urethritis and cervicitis. Zithromax is available in generic form.

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What Drugs Interact With Adoxa?

Adoxa may interact with cholesterol-lowering medications, isotretinoin, tretinoin, antacids, products containing bismuth subsalicylate, minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements, blood thinners, or zithromax antibiotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Adoxa is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. Consult your doctor to discuss using birth control while taking this medication. This drug passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Zithromax?

Zithromax may interact with arsenic trioxide, cyclosporine, pimozide, tacrolimus, theophylline, warfarin, other antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-malaria medications, cholesterol-lowering medicines, ergot medicines, heart or blood pressure medications, heart rhythm medicines, HIV medicines, medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, migraine headache medicines, narcotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, or seizure medicines. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Adoxa Be Taken?

The usual adult dose of oral Adoxa is 200 mg on the first day of treatment (taken 100 mg every 12 hours or 50 mg every 6 hours) followed by a maintenance dose of 100 mg/day. The maintenance dose may be taken as a single dose or as 50 mg every 12 hours.

How Should Zithromax Be Taken?

A typical oral dose of Zithromax consists of 500 mg for 1 day then 250 mg for 4 days. A typical intravenous dose consists of 500 mg for 2 days followed by 500 mg orally daily for an additional 5-8 days.

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References


DailyMed. Adoxa Prescribing Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=0cecc43f-cc40-4c48-9e43-ae8d77af4e49&audience=consumer

DailyMed. Zithromax Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=3b631aa1-2d46-40bc-a614-d698301ea4f9&audience=consumer

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