Vantin vs. Zithromax

Are Vantin and Zithromax the Same Thing?

Vantin (cefpodoxime proxetil) and Zithromax Z-PAK (azithromycin) are antibiotics used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.

Vantin and Zithromax Z-PAK are different types of antibiotics. Vantin is a cephalosporin antibiotic and Zithromax Z-PAK macrolide antibiotic.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Vantin?

Common side effects of Vantin include:

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Vantin including:

  • swelling of the ankles or feet,
  • tiredness,
  • fast or pounding heartbeat,
  • trouble breathing,
  • new signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat),
  • dark urine,
  • persistent nausea or vomiting,
  • yellowing eyes or skin,
  • easy bruising or bleeding, or
  • changes in the amount of urine.

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 Vantin?

Vantin (cefpodoxime proxetil) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.

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 Vantin?

Vantin may interact with lithium, probenecid, methotrexate, antiviral medicines, cancer medicines, diuretics (water pills), medications that reduce stomach acid, IV antibiotics, medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, medicines used to treat ulcerative colitis, or pain or arthritis medicines. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Vantin should be used only when prescribed. This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on 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 Vantin Be Taken?

The recommended dosage of Vantin is 70 mg once monthly; some patients may benefit from a dosage of 140 mg once monthly, which is administered as two consecutive subcutaneous injections of 70 mg each.

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
SOURCE:

FDA. Vantin Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/050674s015,050675s018lbl.pdf

Pfizer. Zithromax Product Information.

https://www.pfizermedicalinformation.com/en-us/zithromax/patient-counseling

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