Average Rating: 1.6 (206 Ratings)

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 1  Sinus infection/acute bronchitis Doctor prescribed me the z-pack for sinus infection and acute bronchitis. I've taken it a few times before and never had an issue. I was told to take 2 the first day and then 1 a day after until finished. I didn't even go past the first 2 pills because I felt awful. Shakiness in my head, body. I already suffer from anxiety and I feel 10x worse. Dizzy, off balanced, feeling of impending doom, headaches, extremely sore muscles and legs almost making it hard to move, muscle pain and spasms, depression, paranoid, pain and burning by my eyes, hot and cold chills. All I want to do is lay in bed and be miserable. It's been almost 3 days since I took those 2 pills and I'm really hoping the side effects go away soon. I'm absolutely miserable and it's debilitating. If anyone has any advice please let me know! F 30 1 days
500 1X D
 1  Sinus infection I was prescribed Azithromycin for a sinus infection. After one dose, I noticed that I was not feeling well mentally. I have OCD and I take Zoloft. The Azithromycin made me feel not like myself. I have been upset, sleepy but at the wrong times such as during the day, and just down. I do not feel like myself. F 24 5 days
1X D
 1  Sinus Infection/Bad cold I suffer from anxiety and this medication just made my anxiety so much worse. Crying spells, shaking, insomnia. Felt lots of stomach pains, gas, nausea. Diarrhea started a few hours after taking it. Wonderful to have an antiobiotic that you only take for 5 days, but I think I would rather take it longer at a less dose to less side effects. I have two more days to go and I dread the side effects. F 58 5 days
1X D
 1  Sinus infection Severe anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, diarrhea I will request from my doctor to never take this antibiotic again. Day 3/5, developed severe anxiety and felt very depressed/uneasy. I was anxious and couldn't stop crying and felt like I was losing my mind. I still took the remaining days and today was my last day. Day 4 and 5, the anxiety was still there but not as bad as day 3. M 28 5 days
250 1X D
 1  Sinus infection The worst drug I've ever taken in my life, and I'm in my late 40's. It caused severe anxiety, but not the type of anxiety I've felt before - this was extreme, and debilitating. My insides felt like they were shaking. All of my muscles/nerves were tingling. I didn't think it was the medication - I thought I had something wrong with me, and I've taken this type of medication before, and absolutely no issue. But, as we know medications are made in different places and by different companies. My brand was Teva Pharmaceuticals. I took 2 doses, and stopped. It honestly took about 4 months to recover. I've kept the medication and want to have it tested. I'm so grateful for this website, as I was able to validate what I experienced. Thank you to all that have posted on here! M 48 2 days
250 2X D
 2  Bronchitis Severe anxiety, I couldn't sleep at all no matter how tired I was. This is such a bad drug. My anxiety is through the roof. I felt like on the 3rd day I was having an allergic reaction, I was tingling all over. It was horrible. I'm still having anxiety now. F 28 5 days
200 mg 1X D
 1  TROUBLE BREATHING I took this and literally 2 hours later I feel so dizzy and have extreme blurred vision my chest felt very tight and the anxiety is unreal I'm not the type to panic but hold crap this made me freak out. I have super light sensitivity headache and feel like.i need to throw up I literally any even drive home right now because I can barley see neverless drive It works but dosage I believe 1st day is too high I think if I would of took 1 instead of advise 2 for the first dosage I wouldn't feel so weak and very dizzy F 22 4 days
250 1X D
 1  Ear infection Anxiety, panick attacks, rapid heart, can't sleep, stomach problems/pains, dizziness, waking up to heart racing I didn't think what I was feeling had anything to donwith the medicine because I've had severe anxiety for a while now and it's day 4 of taking it and yesterday I felt completely fine but the day before and today my anxiety has lasted through the whole entire day and im going absolutely crazy. Before I started taking it I got feelings of dying throughout the day but since taking it its every second of the day I feel like I'm going to die. And I still have an ear infection so it didn't even knock it out. I'm just so ready for this feeling to be over with, definitely do not recommend F 24 5 days
250MG 1X D
 1  Sinus infection About a week after my last dose, I started having major rapid heartbeats, severe anxiety, which I suffer from mild anxiety on the daily, and all of that has subsided now after about 2 weeks, now I'm majorly depressed and going through that part of it. It's like different stages you go through while the medication is leaving your system. Reading about all of y'all's experiences has helped me alot. 30 5 days
1X D
 1  Ear infection Omg I always thought it was just me I have anxiety depression but taking this medicine has triggered it so bad it's happened twice I taken it but totally forgot and man this is horrible F 38 6 days
250 mg 1X D
 1  Sinus infection None while taking. Knocked out infection quick. But, headaches on the left side of head, above brow Numbness on left side of nose. Inside left nasal area Still after 120 days after last dose. Headache is eye closing sometimes. Taking Infrared Sauna, appetite has always been good. Eating nutritious food, wild blueberries, asparagus, etc to flush out. Eye disturbances in left eye. If anyone knows anything else that will help please let me know. I'll never take this again. M 68 5 days
500 x 6 1X D
 3  STD Panic attack and bad anxiety, heart pounding and racing, whole body shaking, diarrhea for days, zero appetite & eating is dreadful, restlessness plus fatigue which is weird and sucks I took 4 250mg pills as I was told to do by my doctor so that's 1000mg in one day. An hour later I had an awful panic attack and threw up twice, it's been 4 days now and I'm still sick as a dog, at least it does it's job and cures you tho F 20 1 days
250 1X D
 2  Toothache Anxiety attack, heart palpitations, dizziness and headache. F 35 1 days
500 1X D
 1  Bronchitis Heart racing. Anxiety. Stomach problems. Shaking. I felt fine until day 6. Then everything went crazy. I had anxiety so badly, I couldn't sleep, couldn't drive without freaking out, and kept thinking I was dying. I am now taking medicine for tachycardia, which I was never diagnosed with before taking this medicine. My stomach problems were life altering. I ate potatoes and bread for about 6 weeks. Anything else made me sick or I had to run to the bathroom. I would cry and have a sense of doom over me everyday. I took Align and a multivitamin everyday, which both helped. But it took about 5-6 months before I felt normal again. And I'm a healthy person, no prior problems or medications. I haven't found a doctor yet who will admit that this could have caused my tachycardia diagnosis, but I was never diagnosed with it before nor have I been so overwhelmed with the beating of my heart that I thought it was going to beat out of my body. I emailed some people from this site and the moral support was great. But we all suffered this horrible experience. Absolutely horrible! 39 5 days
1X D
 1  Cold / bronchitis I took this drug and it took me on an emotional joy ride, my symptoms gone within a day, I'm still dealing with anxiety but it's manageable and the nausea and diarrhea that is real! Look if you start feeling anxious go to the ER or UC and talk to the doctor tell them you have these symptoms they will prescribe anti anxiety meds. My doctor told me I didn't need to take the medication anymore. I was crying all day, I felt at peace when I laid with someone I loved. It was really hard. It's been about 9 days now... talk to someone about it, don't let it ruin you. You just might vomit a few times also, so eat and drink as much water if you can't eat then get a smoothie, get probiotics and mood supplements some of that helped. I wanted to make sure I posted again to relieve someone who is having a mental break down while reading this... you'll be okay, don't be afraid to ask for help. It's not forever, keep crying if that makes you feel better. The probiotics will help with your gut which is where the serotonin neurotransmitter is, they say to rebuild your gut flora, eat healthy...STAY AWAY FROM ANY CAFFEINE even after you feel better give it time wait until at least a month, because that will just make you feel more anxious. If you have depression like I said don't be afraid to get help. I feel F 25 3 days
250 1X D
 1  Heavy cold Anxiety , insomnia , panic attacks , mood swings This is the worst medication you can take if you have mental disorder . I have severe anxiety and I wasnt aware this medicine will increase my anxiety . For 2 days I couldnt sleep well the third day I was having immence anxiety . I cherish my sleep alot and not having enough sleep or proper sleep is driving me crazy. I have stopped taking them. People are experiencing such bad symtoms from just having the medicine for 1 day while i had it for 3 days. I hope everyone gets well soon ! F 16 3 days
500mg 1X D
 1  Bronchitis Do not take this medication if you have mental health disorders I've been crying all day. And I just want this to be over I wish someone would help me. I feel scared, I've vomited due to way to much anxiety. I'm sorry for anyone who is taking this. I've seen a lot of comments saying it could take up to half a year to recover from it. And that's just terrifying. I'm freaking out. F 25 2 days
250 1X D
 1  Infection Had blood pressure went high/high pulse rate . Itching terribly and burning aching below rib cage. Still have it after a month of taking the pill. Went to er and couldn't find anything wrong except for high blood pressure high pulse. Will never take this again F 50 1 days
1000 1X D
 1  strep throat anxiety, panic attacks, diarrhea, racing heart, confusion, brain fog, insomnia I took amoxicillin for 10 days to treat strep throat. a few days after completion i was still feeling bad. was prescribed azithromycin despite a negative rapid strep test, waiting on the long culture test still. day one of this antibiotic, my naseau was unbearable. day two i began feeling very foggy headed. yesterday was day 3 and i felt as if i was going crazy. my anxiety is through the roof, i have had multiple panic attacks. i feel as if i'm losing my mind and dying. if you have a history of mental illness do NOT take this. this is a nightmare and i don't know if i can do it for two more days. if you have any advice PLEASE let me know. i'm in hell F 19 5 days
1X D
 1  Ear and sinus infection My anxiety is through the roof - panic attacks. Hear rate was 150 blood pressure was 200 over 130. Cant sleep very cold . numbess in face and chest Dont take this crap expecially if u have a panic disorder already M 28 5 days
250mg 1X D

AZITHROMYCIN  (AZITHROMYCIN):  Azithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is a macrolide-type antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medication will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)