Drug Ratings for ZITHROMAX

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 1  acute bronchitis My symptoms started at day 3 of taking this antibiotic...I felt absolutely horrible!..loss of appetite, nausea, severe weakness throughout entire body, confusion, disoriented, metallic taste in mouth, black tarry stool, and anxiety...I hate I even started this medication... Would not recommend this to a dead person...DISCONTINUE THIS DRUG IMMEDIATELY! F 31 5 days
250mg
4/17/2014

 3  sinus infection for people sensitive to meds: try this... okay, I have tried every antibiotic to the exact same effect: anxiety, heart racing, dizziness, disorientation, odd feeling in legs, etc., - to the point where I can not even drive to work. I have spoken to many, many doctors about this and they always are totally surprised and say they have never heard this before, so.... I have come to realize that there is a minority of people who are very very sensitive to antibiotics. If you are on this site, you are probably one of them. I keep taking this drug because it's "only" 5 days (which can seem like a lifetime). Here is my plan,... completely against the advise of doctors... this med is prescribed for some ailments to be taken every other day over a long period of time. which means that it stays in the system. NOT at the high levels of taking it every day, but it's still there. so, for us sensitive people whom doctors are always surprised that we have this effect from the med, F 5 days
250mg 1X D
4/10/2014

 1  Tooth infection It's been 2 months since I've taken this drug. I was a healthy 31 year old who loved life. I took one dose of this poison and now I cant sleep, heart goes crazy, bad depression, severe anxiety, dry eyes, etc. I've been in and out of the hospital. I could sleep 8+hrs a day before this and I looked forward to life. Now I cant sleep at all. If i do dose off it's only for a few minutes and I wake back up. Most nights there is no sleep, or 30mins and I wake up constantly in that time. The vivid dreams are so awful. I can't drive or do anything normal due to no sleep and I'm traumatized . Please has anyone else gone through this after taking this drug. I've lost all hope. F 31 1 days
4/9/2014
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 1  Tonsillitis Nausea Headache Sleeplessness Loss of appetite Will never take this again F 24 5 days
225 1X D
4/4/2014

 5  Strep throat I was slightly stupid but nothing terrible. M 16 5 days
4/3/2014

 3  Bronchitis Loose stools, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, night sweats F 34 5 days
250mg
3/30/2014

 4  sinutitis Slight problem with loose. Bowels and sleepy. Ringing in ears. Slightly loose bowels, sleepy and ringing in ears. F 70 5 days
250
3/29/2014
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 1  sinus infection sudden severe headache, I ended up in the e.r. because headache began during rigorous exercise. CT scan, lumbar puncture, 4 shots of fentnyl (sp?) and 2 shots of dilaudid before it became a dull headache. It has been 4 days since I went to e.r. and I am still taking percocet for the headache! I have tried taking tylenol and the headache just gets worse. I am hoping it subsides soon, assuming it will be with me until meds are out of my system. I finished taking zithromax 7 days ago. I am hoping it will be out soon! F 38 5 days
500mg/250m 1X D
3/29/2014
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 1  sinusitis Hot flashes,dizziness,vomiting. Will never take again. F 42 1 days
250
3/25/2014

 1  ear and nose infection Severe heart palpitations, weakness throughout body, anger, panic attacks, insomnia. The medication is a devil even in small doses. Please take off as soon as possible. F 28 1 days
3/21/2014

 1  coughing, sinus infection On day four of zithromax, feeling angry, nauseous, crazy, depression and rage. I will never take this antibiotic again. I think it should be taken off the market. I have never had this reaction to a medication before. I am hoping it goes away soon. F 52 5 days
3/16/2014
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 1  Bronchitis & sinus infection HORRIBLE!!!! Nausaous, anxiety, bad dreams, night sweats, syncope, dizzy, foggy, inability to concentrate, insomnia, dehydrated, heart palpitations and this passed to my child whom is breast fed and made him extremely fussy and gave him insomnia (8 months) the doctor told me this was the only antibiotic she would give with me breast feeding which I argued because he was on amoxicillin for bronchitis at the time why not just give me that? I can't believe this drug is legal! I am day 3 of not taking it and still nauseous, anxiety and dizziness. Feels like its letting up but still definitely there. Baby is now fine but I will never see the prescribing doctor again. F 26 3 days
1x day
3/13/2014

 1  Bronchitis RUINED ME. Cleared up my bronchitis just fine. I DIDNT KNOW I HAD MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL JUST TO FEEL BETTER WHEN I STARTEDTAKING THIS!! SEVERE anxiety and panic attacks, rapid heart beating, numbness in my fingers and feet, leg cramps at night- I also got an instant headache during sex, felt something "pop" and then my scalp was tingling and numb(this only happened once). I had diarrhea for approx. 5-6 months- even had a colonoscopy and they didn't find anything. Dr had to prescribe xanax for me - felt like I was going insane. It has been 1 1/2 years since I took this poison and I will never be the same -I miss myself and my husband does too. F 37 5 days
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3/10/2014
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 2  sinusitis Terrible stomach pains after taking the tablets, diarrhea, nausea, acidic taste in mouth. Dizziness esp. getting up in the morning (low blood pressure?), absolutely no energy at all, swelling in hands and legs, panic attacks, feeling of dehydration, dry eyes and dry mouth. I thought I would never recover, but it's been two weeks since the first dose and most of the side effects are gone now. I'm so glad I can get out of the house again. I just wanted to let you know that you probably won't die even though you feel like you might! I live alone and I felt like I would have needed someone to look after me, especially during the panic attacks, because I haven't had a panic attack since high school. I bought the generic azithromycin prescribed by my doctor in Finland. I would not recommend this drug for kids or elderly people, some of the side effects are nasty and will appear without a warning! I felt fine after taking the 2nd dose, but very dizzy and feverish 2-3 hours after the 3rd dose, and it just went downhill from there. I've never had a bad reaction to antibiotics before. F 32 3 days
500 1X D
3/1/2014

 2  Bronchitis Distortion of sense of smell (coffee, perfume, foods) and loss of sense of smell. Also, distortion of taste in some instances. Took medication in April of 2013 F 54 5 days
1X D
2/17/2014
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 3  Acute Bronchitis Loss of Appetitie, Dizziness, Nausea, Dehydration, Disconnection from reality, Nightmares, Moodiness, Fatigue, Severe Headache, Depression, Metallic Taste in Mouth This is only the second time in 15 years I have taken this drug. The first time, I had almost no side effects. I wish I could say the same for this go-around. I have never felt so removed from reality as I do now. My respiratory infection is clearing up, but the side effects are making me feel almost worse than when I was bed/couch-ridden. The vivid nightmares make it almost impossible to sleep, and when I do, I wake up disoriented, depressed and weak. No rash or hives, but my tongue feels a bit swollen and I really wish I felt like eating, but when I do, my taste buds feel numb. I'll finish the dose, but I will never take this drug again. M 50 3 days
250 1X D
2/14/2014
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 4  Strep Weird dreams feel tired and cramps But they have helped before a lot so i will deal with it F 63 3 days
250
2/5/2014

 1  upper resp infect. first day i felt fine, just loose stool, 5th day of taking medication had to call 911 felt like i was having a heart attack, started experiancing horrible panic attacks, extreme ANEXITY & DEPRESSION, tingling through out the body, heart complications. IM ONLY 21 YEARS OLD, NEVER FELT LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE. Stopped taking the med 2 nights ago i hope i get better soon. THESE PILLS ARE THE DEVIL!!!!!!! PLEASE BOYCOTT THIS MED ASAP M 21 9 days
250mg 1X D
2/1/2014
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 1  URI Severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, vomiting,I ended up in the emergency room. I felt like I was going to die I will never take this garbage again F 45 5 days
250mg
1/20/2014

 1  Pneumonia HORRIBLE! How I wish I would have seen this site prior to taking this dreadful medication. Drug caused insomnia (when I slept it was to nasty dreams), severe anxiety, brain fog, inability to concentrate, total loss of appetite, stomach cramps and muscle spasms, torso rash. Was until day 4 that I realized it was the drug I was reacting to, and by then I had 2000mg of the toxin in my body. Wouldn't you know it, this drug has a 68 hour half life (very, very long), which means it stays in your system for a long time. I'm at day 5 now off of the drug, and according to my calculations I still have 10 days left to completely purge this drug! The anxiety and insomnia and cramps are still with me. I asked my doctor if the symptoms will remain as long as it is in me and he said 'yes they can', but we are hopeful that they will slowly diminish as the drug is eliminated. NEVER take this drug if you have options, and even if you don't, think twice. This drug should be banned. M 51 4 days
500mg 5X D
1/20/2014
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 1  Bacterial infection Horrible undescribable stomach pain, loss of appetite nausea vomiting, severe sweats, dizziness, fatigue and that's all in the first 3hours :( I'm now up at 3am still having cramps just got a lil appetite and able to drink water hopefully I can work today without being slumped over pray for me! *i recommend no one take this god forsaken drug it's poison and there has to be another way* F 26 1 days
500 mg sin
1/18/2014
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 1  Throat infection Hives developed after taking day two dosage. I called my doc and his nurse told me to take one more dosage and use Benadryl to control the hives. I took the third dose and the fourth a my throat was slow to improve. I really wish I could go back and not take those two days of dosages. It has been now seventeen days since I last took this and hives are the ,main focus of every day now. I take twelve benadryls per day and two oatmeal baths minimum. No signs of lessening and I'm desperate to know how long before this crap is out of my system. F 48 4 days
25 mg 1X D
1/17/2014

 3  Urethritis The first week I took it I was fine. It knocked the infection right out with no symptoms. After that week my stomach went into knots, didn't have a bowl movement and developed frequent urination. Also developed a black rash on the back of my leg that the do for said he has no idea what it is. All this is still going on and it's been 2 1/2 months. I also developed a wart and dermatitis. Experienced heart palpitations, tingling in my arms all the way to my hands, lightheaded, groggy, major headaches upon waking up, anxiety, and the thoughts of the worst possible things that could be happening to me. Before this I was very healthy, worked out regularly and ate healthy and it seems that the Zithromax completely shut down my immune system and I have been feeling its wrath ever since. I'm writing this 2 1/2 months after taking and everything seems to be getting better slowly M 28 1 days
1000mg
1/16/2014
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 4  swollen tonsils I was fine the first three days, then started experiencing minor chest and abdominal pain by day 4. Day two I had very minor bowel problems. I am put on zpacks quite often (250, 5 day pack every 1-2 months) due to chronic tonsillitis. The main drawback is the restlessness/anxiety. I have to take twice my normal dose of antianxiey meds when on the zpack. Overall, I think the benefits outweigh the cons, clears up my tonsillitis in 48 hours and no other medicine has done that for me. F 21 5 days
250 1X D
1/13/2014

 3  Bronchitis and sinusitis By the night of day 2, I started experiencing severe muscle cramps in my calves during the night. By the night of day 3 the cramps were all night long from my calves down into my ankles and feet. I don't feel it's helping my infection much yet either. I feel lost and these cramps in my legs and feet are the worst ever, ugh! I've found little on the Web about this which surprises me. Im not typically sensitive to medications either but this is the only change and/or med I've added. F 47 5 days
1/13/2014
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 1  Bronchitis/Sinusitis Indescribably horrible stomach pains in the first 3 hours of dosage. Heart palpitations. I've had nightmares every night. A constant feeling of everyone's-annoyed-with-me paranoia. Also going in between numbness and disinterest in everything, to feeling angry. Just generally really incoherent, unable to express myself verbally, major mental fog, unable to function. F 47 5 days
500
1/5/2014

 1  Tonsils removed - daughter/8 yrs Red, blotchy cheeks, severe abdominal cramps and pain, uncontrollable bouts of crying, insomnia at night F 8 4 days
5 MHD
1/4/2014

 1  Asthma/ bronchitis Anxiety, dizziness , horrible smelling gas and acid reflex feel confused cramps in my calfs nausea .... Totally horrible wish I would have read all this first . Overall my asthma is feeling a lot better but I would have rathered just a longer treatment of albuterol : / do not recommend at all I will never take this medicine again F 26 5 days
250
1/2/2014

 1  Sinus infection Day 1 took the 500mg starter dose. 3 hours later developed a headache and pressure in the back of my neck and forehead. Still hasn't gone away completely. Day 2, second dose taken (hoping it wasn't the antibiotic causing issues) 3 hours after severe head pressure, weird taste and sensation on tongue, severe pain in diaphragm w vomiting. Felt like an air bubble getting larger w no relief. Felt like I had to run to to the bathroom but regardless of trying to go I couldn't. Pain was intense. Swelling in fingers with red and burning. Face started flushing. I think I'll just deal with the infection naturally. These side effects are not worth the trouble and pain. Zantac and Benadryl were my only saviors F 32 2 days
250mg
12/13/2013
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 1  cough, sore throat Loss of taste, everything taste metallic especially food high in acid. Food is not enjoyable anymore, been three weeks now. The last time I will take this medication, I would not recommend it to anyone. Still coughing and the sore throat still there? M 58 5 days
Z-pak 1X D
12/11/2013
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 1  Bronchitis Within a few hours have taking two pills on day 1 I started to feel anxious. It was the worst feeling ever, it felt like I was having a heart attack. I had no appetite and had diarrhea. I went to the ER while on the 3rd day and they said I was having anxiety and to keep taking the antibiotic. I have been off the Zithromax for two days and I still feel anxious and have shortness of breath. Hopefully it wears off soon. I'm glad I researched the antibiotic and I learned that I'm not alone. I will NEVER take this medication again. F 21 5 days
250
12/11/2013
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 5  Sinus Infection Nothing significant, slight nausea & gas maybe After really bad gastrointestinal side effects with erythromycin, I switched to Zithromax and it was MUCH better. I did not notice anything other than mild nausea the first day or two, which may have still been leftover effects from the erythromycin. Sinus infection improved considerably after just a couple of days. F 40 5 days
250 MG 1X D
12/4/2013

 1  sinus infection heart palpitations, chest pain, pain in shoulders neck and back, dizzy, woozy, weak randomly, feel very weird, tired and horrible, thought I was having a heart attack at times, thought I was going to faint or fall at times two months of feeling bad, went to two doctors and one cardiologist after to rule out any possible other issues causing these effects, nothing found, had to wait for side effects to slowly disappear over a two month period, will never take again, now scared to take medications, found this site and information after taking this antibiotic and trying to figure out what was happening, will now check this site prior to taking any medication F 44 5 days
250 1X D
12/3/2013

 1  Bronchitis Rapid mood swings, depression, anxiety, uncontrollable crying for no apparent reason, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, flushed red patches on face, diarrhea, loose stools I am 29 weeks pregnant and was prescribed this medication for bronchitis. On the night that I began taking the medication, I had an episode where I felt like I was literally going crazy. These episodes continued in the evenings after taking the medication. Throughout the day I would have crying spells for no apparent reason which would include shortness of breath. I have had no appetite since I began taking the medication and I have to force myself to eat regular meals. I am not experiencing feelings of pleasure when taking part in activities that I normally enjoy. Loose stools and diarrhea occurred on days 4 and 5 of taking the medication. Everyone minimized the symptoms I was having because I was pregnant. They assumed I was overreacting to normal symptoms of pregnancy, despite the fact that I knew the way I was feeling was not a normal part of pregnancy. Unfortunately, I did not make the connection that it could be side effects of the medication until after I had taken the last dose. Once I found this website and read comments from others who have had similar experiences, I was convinced that everything I was experiencing was because of the medication. I will NEVER take this medication again. This was the first time and the last time. I just hope the symptoms decrease and the medication gets out of my system soon. F 36 5 days
250 mg 1X D
11/30/2013
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 1  upper respiratory Brain fog, anxiety, muscle cramps in legs and calves, dehydration, heart palpitations. F 26 5 days
200mg
11/23/2013

 2  Sinus infection Anxiety, depression, body pain/aches, face & ears turned bright red, heart palps, insomina at night and extreme fatigue during the day, hands and feet tingle/burn and just feel like crap. Im not saying that I'm uncomforatble...I'm saying that I'm misserable. The side effects started almost immediately but I did not think it could be this drug until the middle part of day 2 which is when the side effects seemed to hit the high point at the same time. I've been in lving hell ever since. My sinus infection is much better but I'm not going to take the last 3 pills. I'lll take the infection over the side effects. M 50 2 days
1X D
11/21/2013
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 1  sinus infection about a half an hour after taking my first dose the diarrhea hit me twice. soon after the bout of diarrhea I felt incredibly nauseated. about 7 hours after taking it (coincidentally when I went to bed at midnight) I got bad intestinal cramps and gas. it's now almost 5am and I've been in the bathroom at least 8 times an hour with diarrhea. never again will I take this. F 23 1 days
250
11/20/2013

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1X D
11/18/2013

 1  possible pneumonia After my last dose i got very nauseated decreased apiteite itcy hives. today being the third day i have facial swelling still nauseated strong stomach cramps and i can barely eat. Called the ER they say i have a stomach bug im so misrable what can i do.. i will never take this crap again EVER...... M 31 5 days
250mg 1X D
11/16/2013
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 1  Pneumonia This is easily the worst pharmaceutical experience of my life! I was told this would build up in my system & continue to work for 10 days (LONG half life). Sure enough on day 6, I felt my throat closing up, extreme dizziness, lethargy & trouble putting words together. This occurred on a walk & it took all my energy to make my legs move forward. So scared I actually called someone & kept them on the phone in case I needed 911. It felt like I was having a stroke! The brain fog, vertigo, heart palpitations & lethargy continue on day 12! Sometimes it feels like narcolepsy--like I could pass out while sitting even. Strange otherworldly disconnection, drowsiness & swimming sensation. Exhausted after the least exertion. I called & spoke to 3 different doctors regarding these symptoms. I was given neurological tests (negative), told to get a chest X-ray (negative) & prescribed Dramamine for dizziness (ineffective). Not one doctor suggested it could be this dangerous drug, even though the FDA issued warnings earlier this year. This drug can kill! I will never take it again. Thanks to this forum I have hope but still no idea how long it will continue to vex me. If there is a class action lawsuit, count me in!! This drug should be taken off the market! F 43 5 days
11/9/2013

 1  Sinus infection Major anxiety, panic attacks out of nowhere, nausea, and explosive diarrhea. Also foggy head. It knocked out my sinus infection, but the hell it put me through is not worth it! My bowels and stomach is still messed up 9 days later from this crap. I've never had these side effects of from an antibiotic. This crap is evil!! F 35 5 days
500mg 1X D
11/6/2013
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 4  Strep Throat Dizziness, vertigo, tingling in hands and arms, ringing in the ears, mental fog, complete loss of voice for several days I have limited options because of significant allergies to most antibiotics. I took 10 days of amoxicillin for strep throat, but it failed to clear the infection. My doctor immediately moved me to a 6 day, 500 MG treatment of Zithromax. This medicine did clear up the strep throat, as those symptoms vanished after the fourth day. Numerous side effects were experienced. The most alarming was that I completely lost my voice on day 4 of treatment and it was several days before I could speak at all. The dizziness and vertigo prevented my return to work since I could not stand up without falling over. The mental fog has been the most difficult side effect to overcome. I have not had mood swings or unusual thoughts as other people have mentioned, but I have had trouble forming complete thoughts or even remembering simple things since around day 3 on Zithromax. The side effects do fade a little each day, but it seems to take roughly a month to get back to normal after the medicine is done. I would take the medicine again simply because it cleared the strep throat that other antibiotics could not, but patients should definitely beware the numerous side effects. F 36 6 days
500 MG 1X D
9/30/2013

 1  Sinus infection Dizziness, extremely tired, depression, bouts of crying for no reason, sensitivity to noise, heavy head and overall feeling of being poisoned. Got this for my sinus infection. Doctor recommended this medicine because you only take it once a day for 5 days. Day 1 I took the 2 pills and felt better - aka sinuses were draining and I had more energy, Day 2 I thought I suffered a breakdown. Felt extremely anxious at work, started crying for no reason, very odd. I was doing fine before this pill. Day 3-4 extreme fatigue, feeling depressed. I didn't want to take the last pill by DH insisted and since the infection was bad, I took it. Will never take this poison again!! F 36 5 days
250 mg 1X D
9/29/2013
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 1  Sore throat-runny nose-cough I should have known better. I have pretty bad IBS as it is and a very senitive digestive tract. Well I was unharmed until the last two days. I am taking probiotics with it. I started going through waves of nausea at work yesterday. Towards the end of the work day I had bad stomach cramps that would come and go. I blamed my lunch. That night I had terrrrible diarrhea witj my normal stomach cramps. I def went to be not feeling so hot. I woke up this morning, got ready for work, and spent the next hour in the bathroom hurling over with intense intestinal cramping. Stool was thick and slimy mixed with diarrhea and it was causing a painful burning trying to pass anything. I forced myself to call out of work and im glad i did. Totally feel like my insides are twisting on me. I will never take this sht again. I thought it was the probiotics until i read these reviews. F 28 7 days
1 week
9/24/2013
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 5  Sinus Infection None I tend to get sinus infections and respiratory bugs often. I always ask for Z-Pak when I see the doctor because it works very well for me. I have never had one un-desirable side effect. I take it without food and it doesn't upset my stomach or anything of the sort. M 21 5 days
250 1X D
9/11/2013
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 1  Strep throat I took azithromycin for the prescribed day on and day two. For the next 3 days i felt like crap. Hives, facial swelling, inner ear swelling, and nausea. It took hospitalization and a lot of steroids and Benadryl and Pepcid To get me well. F 50 2 days
250 mg
8/29/2013
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 4  Chlamydia This time, with the name brand, little bit of a thumping heart, but nothing else. In 2009, after having taken 4 or 5 name brand Z-Packs in the past with no problems, I was given a generic script, and made a post in this forum about side-effects I'll remember for the rest of my life. The insomnia alone lasted for 6 months, and weird emotions with which I'd never had problems in the past: Dread, Fear, Depersonalization were horrific. My heart would suddenly race at any sudden sound. A couple of people on this forum helped me get through it. You would think that I would never take the drug again, but was talked into "re-challenging" my system with name-brand Zithromax by a friend / physician I've known for 25 years, as I was running out of treatment options. I purchased the name-brand Z-Pack ($90) and after saying a prayer, started. To my great relief, none of the life-changing symptoms that I experienced last time occurred, other than my heart lightly pounding for brief periods. I almost can't believe that I tried to take it again- I swore that after the hell I went through there would be no way. It's a good bet that generic Azithromycin was the source of my problems in 2009. M 52 5 days
250 1X D
8/24/2013
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 4  Bronchitis-like Bug Ufa -- almost instant diarrhea from the get-go! Had my dear Mom run to the health food store to get probiotics and Kefir, and after taking these (take them 2 hours before/after taking the Z-pack pill), diarrhea stopped. Also, the first day you have to take two of the pills, and after that, I felt like death warmed over. I also felt a scary sense of panic and tingling in my arms! These subsided within the hour as I relaxed and drank a lot of water. Tummy aches, too, but I learned quickly to eat a BIG breakfast and then take the Z-pack pill. That wasn't easy because of the 3rd side effect: loss of appetite! That got better as the days went on. Also, a feeling of being "out of it," and some depression. I prayed a lot while taking this: Lord, use it to heal me! I went to bed one night, after a very stressful couple of days, with a tickle at the back of my throat. Next morning, I began coughing up green phlegm and felt fatigue and detached from reality. I also had yellow pus in one eye! My nurse practitioner prescribed the Z-pack. Soon after taking my first dose, I could feel the "battle" going on in my bronchi and chest as the days went on, and now, on day 5 feel much improved. Thank GOD I didn't have the bad side effects consistently. It was rough, but I'm thankful that the pills helped me. Don't forget to take the probiotics and force yourself to eat a good, solid breakfast before you take the pill! You'll get sick otherwise and maybe even get CDif if you don't replenish your gut flora with the probiotic. Google it if you have to! F 49 5 days
250 mg 1X D
7/28/2013
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 1  Bronchitits Insomnia, anxiety,upset stomach, fatigue, weakness, agitation overall unwellness I will not take this medicine again. I was relieved to read some of the other posts because I thought I was crazy. I kept telling my husband about the strange symptoms. He would say "better than having bronchitis". No, it isn't. I'm so uncomfortable. I didn't take the last dose of a 5 day dose schedule. I will not take this medicine again if there is an alternative. F 50 5 days
250mg 1X D
7/25/2013
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 1  Chest infection/ bronchitis I took the greenstone brand of azithromycin. Migraines/Sharp stomach pains/ completely covered in hives. Took meds 5/10/13, only took 3 pills and the side effects took over. Sharp and violent stomach pains. Only had a few hives at first, went to the doc and he gave me Benadryl 500 mg... Didn't do shit, just made me sleepy. 4 days after covered head to toe in hives. Went to emergency room, hot a steroid shot ( not afraid of shots but 3 minutes after shot- your arm feels like its been hacked off) and a 21 pill pack of steroids to follow. Finally hives went away in 3-4 days... Now it's 7/13/13... The hives came back, so this bullshit is still in my system. I WILL NEVER take this crap again F 31 5 days
250 mg
7/13/2013

 1  Bronchitis This was the worst reaction I have ever had to a medication. I truly thought I was going to DIE. The profound nausea, vomiting, and weakness went on for 2 weeks. I lost 15 lbs and I only weighed 120 to begin with! I had to be hospitalized due to the horrendous side effects I had with Zithromax. I DO NOT RECOMMEND!!! F 58 4 days
250 1X D
6/26/2013

 1  Possible pneumonia 500 MG the first day, 250 for the next two. This was as bad as everyone says. Probably the worst few weeks of my life. Vertigo, dizziness, tremors (couldn't even sign my name), nausea, extreme pressure in my head, headaches, double vision, constant tiredness, fuzziness (just couldn't concentrate or think), noise sensitivity, chest pressure, and a general feeling of disconnection from everything around me. It was just a very odd set of symptoms that were unlike anything I'd ever experienced. They appeared about 36 hours into it, and I couldn't go on, so I stopped after day 3. This drug has a long half life. At almost 3 days, that means even two weeks after, about 3% of of it is still floating around in your system. I'm about 5 weeks out now, and it's pretty much cleared up. This might be the first day I've woken up without any trace of haze and headache, though there's barely a hint of a tremor left. All the symptoms declined steadily throughout the period, and it was around 18-20 days that I started to feel functional again, though not quite normal. All this is to say that if you're like me, it will feel bleak, unending, and awful for a little while. I was afraid some of the symptoms would be permanent. They felt like neurological problems. But it did clear up, so hang in there. M 41 3 days
250 1X D
6/19/2013
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 1  Bronchitis, Sinus infection Have not been able to sleep at all since I started taking it. The first day I lost taste in my mouth, and now any taste that I have in my mouth is awful, nothing tastes normally, almost like metal. I cannot eat, have lost a lot of weight. I have a sharp pain in my stomach any time I try to eat something. On the up side, my bronchitis and sinus infection are all but gone. But I'd just as soon be dead right now considering how miserable I feel. This medication seems to be very potent and anybody who has sensitivities to other medications (like I do) should be especially careful in considering taking this med. I am allergic to most antibiotics, and many other meds as well, pretty much don't take meds but was so sick I had to take something. I will never take this one again. F 5 days
250 MG 1X D
5/25/2013
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 1  bronchitis i am having the wrost stomach pains of my life right now. no bowel movements just feels like someone is clinching my insides into their fist and wont let go. if u are reading this PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG I FEEL LIKE I AM ABOUT TO DIE DONT TAKE THIS IF U ENJOY LIFE M 28 1 days
500 mg 1X D
5/9/2013
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 1  Atypical/Walking Pneumonia Indescribably horrible, blinding, impossible stomach pains in the first 3 hours of dosage (came in waves). No appetite, unable to tell if I need to eat until I feel my stomach cramping in pain from lack of food. Constant feeling of everyone's-annoyed-with-me paranoia, rapidly going back and forth from general numbness and disinterest in everything, to wanting to cry. Just generally really incoherent, unable to express myself verbally, major mental fog, really just unable to function. If you care at all about the person being prescribed this medicine, DO NOT LET THEM TAKE IT. Take ANYTHING else. I cannot fathom how this ever got approved by the FDA, and it's honestly kind of sickening that it even did. THIS PILL IS POISON AND THE HARM BY FAR OUTWEIGHS THE GOOD. There are plenty of other medicines, western and eastern, to treat what this is meant to treat, that will not harm you like this. F 24 5 days
1X D
4/29/2013
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 1  Pid Diarrhea, heart palpitations, numbness of the the body, as if Im in the state of shock. This poison is never effective. It didnt kill the bacteria or it was just the stupid doctor who gave me a wrong dosage. The side effects are stronger than the sypmtoms thats why I ended up in the ER due to severe infection. Waste of money And strength F 28 1 days
500 2X D
4/28/2013
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 2  Chlamydia This was the most HORRENDOUS experience of my life. I took Azithromycin 2x500MG/1 dose only. My side effects started one day after taking the pill: DEPRESSION,AXIETY, VERTIGO, NAUSEA, DIZZINESS, CHEST PAIN & HEART RACING, TINGLING AND NUMBNESS IN MY LEGS AND ARMS, I FELT DISTANT FROM REALITY LIKE IF I WAS HIGH ON LSD, PANIC ATTACKS but these symptoms only came one after another never together. Its been about 7 weeks since, my thrush is almost gone but my Hives,Acid reflux, and lead headed/ headaches are still in effect although its mild now. I would only recommend only if you usually take antiboitics, It makes you think the worst case scenario, especially if you have a STI/STD. M 32
2x 500mg 1X D
4/12/2013
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 1  Sinusitis Day 1 I had diarrhea day 2-5 lose bowel movements and feeling of anxiety. After I finished the product I have been having severe ringing in ears, tingles in neck and hands, cold sweats and lack of focus. This medicine is poison. I feel worse from the side effects than i did the infection. I do not recommend it. This stuff is garbage! And lingers in your system for 15 days or more M 49 5 days
250 MG 1X D
4/9/2013
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 1  sinus infection The worst gas ever. I didn't have a cough but I do now. I can't sleep. My husband won't sleep with me because of the gas. I feel depressed and I can not focus on my homework. Never taking it again. F 38 2 days
250
3/29/2013
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 5  strep throat Felt better after 1st dosage. On my 3rd day now and it feels like my illness is gone completely. Side effects are a bit of gas and more active bowel movement. M 29 5 days
500 mg
3/28/2013

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