- Are Augmentin and Zithromax the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Zithromax?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Augmentin?
- What Is Zithromax?
- What Is Augmentin?
- What Drugs Interact with Zithromax?
- What Drugs Interact with Augmentin?
- How Should Zithromax Be Taken?
- How Should Augmentin Be Taken?
Are Zithromax and Augmentin the Same Thing?
Zithromax Z-PAK (azithromycin) and Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate) are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, and other types of infections caused by susceptible bacteria.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Zithromax?
Common side effects of Zithromax include:
- diarrhea or loose stools,
- abdominal pain,
- stomach upset,
- vaginal itching or discharge,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- skin rash or itching,
- ringing in the ears,
- hearing problems,
- or decreased sense of taste or smell.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Augmentin?
Common side effects of Augmentin include:
- Stomach pain
- Skin rash or itching
- White patches in your mouth or throat
- Vaginal yeast infection (itching or discharge)
Rare and severe side effects of Augmentin can include:
- watery or bloody diarrhea;
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
- easy bruising or bleeding;
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizures (convulsions);
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
What Is Zithromax?
Zithromax Z-PAK (azithromycin) is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic used for treating:
- otitis media (middle ear infection),
- and sinusitis caused by susceptible bacteria.
Zithromax is also effective against several sexually transmitted infectious diseases (STDs) such as nongonococcal urethritis and cervicitis. Zithromax is available in generic form.
What Is Augmentin?
Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate) is a combination antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections including sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin.
It is not known if Augmentin is safe and effective in children.
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.
What Drugs Interact With Augmentin?
Augmentin may interact with probenecid.
Augmentin may also interact with allopurinol, blood thinners, or other antibiotics.
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.
How Should Bactrim Be Taken?
Administer the solution by intravenous infusion over a period of 60 to 90 minutes. Avoid administration by rapid infusion or bolus injection. Do NOT administer Bactrim intramuscularly.
How Should Augmentin Be Taken?
- The usual adult dose is one 500-mg tablet of Augmentin every 12 hours or one 250-mg tablet of Augmentin every 8 hours. For more severe infections and infections of the respiratory tract, the dose should be one 875-mg tablet of Augmentin every 12 hours or one 500-mg tablet of Augmentin every 8 hours. Adults who have difficulty swallowing may be given the 125 mg/5 mL or 250 mg/5 mL suspension in place of the 500-mg tablet. The 200 mg/5 mL suspension or the 400 mg/5 mL suspension may be used in place of the 875-mg tablet.
- Two 250-mg tablets of Augmentin should not be substituted for one 500-mg tablet of Augmentin. Since both the 250-mg and 500-mg tablets of Augmentin contain the same amount of clavulanic acid (125 mg, as the potassium salt), two 250-mg tablets are not equivalent to one 500-mg tablet of Augmentin.
- The 250-mg tablet of Augmentin and the 250-mg chewable tablet should not be substituted for each other, as they are not interchangeable. The 250-mg tablet of Augmentin and the 250-mg chewable tablet do not contain the same amount of clavulanic acid (as the potassium salt). The 250-mg tablet of Augmentin contains 125 mg of clavulanic acid, whereas the 250-mg chewable tablet contains 62.5 mg of clavulanic acid.
For Pediatric Patients
Based on the amoxicillin component, Augmentin should be dosed as follows:
Neonates And Infants Aged under 12 Weeks (under 3 Months)
- The recommended dose of Augmentin is 30 mg/kg/day divided every 12 hours, based on the amoxicillin component. Experience with the 200 mg/5 mL formulation in this age group is limited, and thus, use of the 125 mg/5 mL oral suspension is recommended.
Patients Aged 12 Weeks (3 Months) And Older
- The every 12 hour regimen is recommended as it is associated with significantly less diarrhea. However, the every 12 hour suspension (200 mg/5 mL and 400 mg/5 mL) and chewable tablets (200 mg and 400 mg) contain aspartame and should not be used by phenylketonurics.
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