Serious and Rare Reactions to Zithromax

Serious Side Effects

Some side effects with Zithromax may indicate something serious. If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking the drug and contact your healthcare provider. These side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Blood in stools
  • Severe or watery diarrhea
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Abnormal swelling
  • Hives
  • Unexplained rash
  • Itching
  • Peeling of skin.

Rare Side Effects Seen With Zithromax

Rare Zithromax side effects occur in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. Because these side effects are so uncommon, it is hard to say whether they are actually caused by the medication or something else.
Some of these side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Allergic reactions
  • Kidney failure
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Irritation of the vagina (vaginitis)
  • Irritation of the liver (hepatitis)
  • A reduced number of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia)
  • Serious intestinal infections (enterocolitis)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Oral yeast infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Dehydration
  • An unusual burning or tingling sensation (paresthesia)
  • Increased sun sensitivity.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some of these side effects or none at all. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects or something that "just does not seem right" while taking this medication. While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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