Compare azithromycin vs. Cedax

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Zithromax (azithromycin)

Prescription only

Cedax (ceftibuten)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Zithromax (azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available in generic form. However, it may cause headache, dizziness, or rash.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 909 reviewsforazithromycin
Treats bacterial infections.

Cedax (ceftibuten) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to finish the full course of treatment.

Upsides
  • Available as a generic in the tablet and suspension form.
  • The suspension can be used if you have problems swallowing.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Bacteria is less resistant to this antibiotic, meaning that Zithromax (azithromycin) will fight off the bacteria better. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Immediate release form can be taken with or without food.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available as a pill or liquid suspension.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
  • Cedax (ceftibuten) is available as a generic.
Downsides
  • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
  • Use with caution if you have liver disease.
  • Must be used with caution if you are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
  • Cedax (ceftibuten) can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
  • If you're on blood thinners, let your doctor know. Cedax (ceftibuten) can interact with your medicines and make you more likely to bleed.
  • If you're taking the liquid suspension and you have diabetes, you will need to watch your blood sugar closely. You must take it 2 hours before or 1 hour after a meal.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended-release liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
909 reviews so far
74%
saidit'sworth it
59%
saiditworked well
11%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Abnormal changes in kidney function
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Abrnormal changes in laboratory blood test
    3%
  • Upset stomach
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Loose stools
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea caused by bacteria (Clostridium difficile)
  • Liver damage
    • History of liver disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Myasthenia gravis
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Abnormal heartbeat
    • QT prolongation
    • Arrhythmia
    • Drugs that cause prolonged QT interval
    • Abnormal electrolytes
    • Elderly
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  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Cedax (ceftibuten) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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