Drug Ratings for ZITHROMAX

Average Rating: 2.4 (1017 Ratings)

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 1  Ear infection Within 24 hours of taking my first pill, I knew something wrong was going to happen with my body. I'm a fit, athletic, in shape 27 year old. All of a sudden, I found myself short of breath, almost gasping for air at times. Anxiety has never been an issue for me. While on this medication, I began to ponder every bump, ache, and feeling on my body as if it was a life threatening one. I couldn't focus on a single thing, my mind essentially raced 24/7. Negative thoughts were all that got into my head, nothing helped, even exercise. Trouble sleeping, stomach issues (I knew that would happen) among other things. I just felt disconnected from everything. I had taken a lower dosage (250mg for 5 days) a year before with no issues. Maybe it was a higher dosage and the red dye? Either way, been a month and I'm still not fully "there". The only thing that has honestly helped has been chamomile tea. Within a half hour of drinking my first cup, it was the best I felt since I took that firs Seriously consider the mental/physical side effects listed on here. I feel like I lost a month of my life due to this medication. Can't remember parts of it, which is very scary to me. Had to go with natural anxiety remedies since I've never had that problem in my life. Chamomile tea has saved me, at least with the sleeping part. I still have anxiety throughout the day, but to a lesser degree. Don't worry you aren't crazy if you feel odd on this stuff. M 27 8 days
500 1X D
8/14/2014
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 1  Severe ear, sinus infection, strep We were on vacation when I got ill and went to urgent care. I was given the option of a shot since we had 5 days left, but turned it down (I had bad effects previously). It cleared things up the first day, but the headache I had ( and continue to) are indescribable. The most intense, stabbing, it feels like a vessel is going to explode in my brain, ache. It was worse when I would lay down. Tylenol exacerbated it. That was followed by muscle tightening in my back and my ass, along with extreme neck pain. Stopped taking it after day 4. (5 day dose). I now have extreme anger and rage - it wouldn't take much to get me to fight someone. I feel like yelling "god damn motherfucker, fuck fuck!!" For no reason. Oh yeah, also feels like I'm trapped in someone else's body, and the first few days my face felt like it was melting. I zone out, feel detached from life. I hope this ends soon. F 44 4 days
250
8/10/2014
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 4  dyshidrotic Eczema Dizzy, no appetite and severe back pain. F 31 5 days
250
8/7/2014

 2  Throat red inflamed I took zpack for five days. It was the two dose the first day . One the rest of the week for four days. Well I didn't notice any symptoms at first except headaches. But about almost through them I started getting constipated. Now almost a month after taking it about three weeks my throat didn't clear up and my stomach is constipated and bloated and I'm gassy and feel like I'm almost pregnant!! Even though I had my period on time. This is terrible! F 23 5 days
8/5/2014

 1  sore throat severe shoulder, back and leg pain. Had to take Tylenol to help with the pain. Will never take this drug again. This drug has some serious warnings, and Dr's should be aware of them before prescribing this drug. Wish I had read them before I took it. I'd rather have my sore throat back, than deal with this shoulder, back and leg pain. It's horrible, can't sleep or relax at all, F 63 5 days
250 1X D
8/5/2014
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 1  ringworm I hate when they prescribed this medicine for me. The first day was the double does and I thought I was going to die. I read that yogurt and drinking lots of water would counter it. It did for the next 2 days. Day 4 feels like Day 1. I'd rather be shot. Seriously, I'm in pain right now. It feels like contractions-- gawd damn contractions!!! A simple ringworm shouldn't equal severe stomach pains, BLACK-colored diarrhea, dizziness, gas, and body aches. To hell with Day 5. I'd rather use what works: bleach to the ringworm. For now on, I'm putting on my medical forms that I'm allergic to Zithromax. I'm never putting that in my body again. F 35 5 days
250 1X D
7/31/2014
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 1  Gengivits I was perscribed a 3 day course of Zithromax by my dentist to fight off a moderate case of gengivitis. On the fourth day, right after completing the 3 day course, I started having severe abdominal pain on my left side, the descending colon. The pain came and went for a few days, then one morning, I ran to the bathroom and had diahrrea with blood. I freaked out. That same morning I went to a doctor and he said I was reacting to the antibiotic and gave me a week of pro-biotics and Spasmomen for intestinal spasms. Symptoms continued for over 3 weeks and went to see another doctor who said that recovery in a situation like this can take months, since the drug wreaked havoc on the gut flora. Its been almost 2 months now, and recovery has been slow and painfull. Hopefully I'll never have to take this drug or any antibiotic again...ever! This drug should be re-evaluated. From what I've read on this site the benefits DO NOT outweigh the side-effects. M 3 days
1X D
7/29/2014
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 1  bronchitis At first everything was fine. I finished the meds with no noticeable symptoms, bronchitis cleared up fine and then about a month later this bullshit started..Cloudy judgement, SEVERE back and shoulder pain, watery running stools in several colors, headaches, metallic taste, loss of appetite, loss of weight, loss of interest in everything! Insomnia, FEAR, anxiety, SEVERE Mood swings and depression.. on top of all that i have had the most horrible thoughts about what was happening to me. I've went to the ER twice since taking this evil ass medicine, doctors could find anything wrong ,even after performing multiple test like a colonoscopy any HIV test because of my monht in a half long episode of fucking runny diarreah! I wouldn't wish these side effects on my worse enemy. It took at least 2 months of suffering amd wondering wtf was happening to me before i researched an realized the symptoms were from the Z pack medicine. At first I thought god was punishing me for something bad i had done in my past... 3 months have past an im still not back to normal... i pray this evil ass medicine leaves my body soon... it should b illegal to prescribe shit like this to peolpe... Please BE smart. . STAY AWAY FORM Z PACS...AND DONT EVER PUT THAT MEDICINE IN YOUR BODY M 31 6 days
30
7/26/2014

 1  Sinus infection I took it five days, but it's showing up one day. Exhaustion, weak, speedy heart, and once you stop taking it you don't recover from side effects. You feel like you are dying . This better let up, been 2 wks since I finished it . Horrible drug!! F 60 1 days
5 day pack
6/23/2014

 1  sinus infecton i was given this vile drug WARNING do not take ive had bout of insomia panic attacks felt i was dying heart racing i only lasted taking them 3days never again this drug should banned WARNING DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG IVE NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE I JUST WISH THIS DREADED DRUG WOULD LEAVE MY BODY FOR GOOD DRINK PLENTY OF WATER FLUSH IT OUT YOUR BODY M 48 7 days
250mg 2X D
5/31/2014
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 1  Sinus Infection Diarrhea, nausea, stomach aches, back pain (could be unrelated, but was intensified), pain between groin area, sluggishness-general lack of energy, unable to sleep, loss of appetite, I don't recall ever experiencing these side effects before because I have taken this medication at least twice in the past. However, in the past, it was the brand name Zithromax and not azithromycin as I have just taken. Taking this medication did cure my sinus infection, however, I would have coped with it for the duration of the time had I known I would have worse side effects by taking this medication. I think that my doctor just over prescribed this medication. I was debating on taking it or just letting it go. But I decided to take it at the last minute because I had picked it up from the pharmacy. If given the choice, I will never take this again. However, since I am allergic to penicillin, this does not leave me with many options. M 36 5 days
250 MG 1X D
5/29/2014
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 2  sinusitis I took 2 the first day than 1 each day only took it for 3 days. Start getting bloated than 3 day had running stools. No more still having issues from the meds. M 30 3 days
200
5/22/2014

 1  Strep Throat I was diagnosed with strep throat 3 days ago and immediately started taking the "zpack". There has not been any improvement. In fact, I feel worse than I did when I first started. Ask for a shot when diagnosed with strep. I have learned my lesson the hard way. The side effects were nausea and diarrhea. F 36 5 days
250mg
5/16/2014

 1  Bronchitis Relentless nausea, mid-upper abdomen ache, weakness, loss of appetite, weird sense of smell. I hope it gets out of my system soon and doesn't come back to bite me later on. Had taken it once before two years ago for sinusitis and had no problems. If I'd only been to this website first! I'll never take this drug again, especially after reading reports by TV news channel that it can cause serious heart arrhythmias. Elderly (such as myself) should never take it nor should people with a history of any type of liver disease or jaundice. F 77 5 days
1X D
5/15/2014

 5  sinus infection Headache for 5 days but all other systoms cleared. F 34 5 days
5/9/2014

 1  Sinus infection Get this crap off the market it's toxic. What the hell is wrong with you people? I have had side effects from this drug for over 8 months. Same ones that all the others are complaining about, I have been sick only a few times this drug is horrible!!! Wake up people you know how dangerous it is. F 47 4 days
5/8/2014

 1  Typhoid Muscle cramps, feeling hot around my neck. Stomach pains, tingling, occasional itching, insomnia, pains in my neck and my ears, dryness of throat. In fact, the side effects is indescribable. M 39 10 days
500mg
5/4/2014
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 1  Ear infection I was on amoxicillin at first for my right ear infection that was already causing me dizziness. The amoxicillin cause more dizziness and bad side effects so I called my dr. and had him change it to a z-pack. I didn't think both medicines could cause such bad side effects. The z-pack caused bad anxiety, depression, irritability, vertigo/dizziness, upset stomach, and just an overwhelming feeling of stuff going wrong. I did not take the final 5th day pill as I had been on antibiotics for 12 days. Ear infection is cleared up but still feel a lot of the symptoms. Though I've only been off them for 2 days. I think I have a long road ahead to get this CRAP out of my system. Even set up an appointment with and expert in dizziness to just confirm nothing it worse than it already was before this medication. M 30 5 days
500
4/27/2014

 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
25
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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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

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