Compare Azithromycin vs. Duac

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Zithromax
(azithromycin)

Duac
(clindamycin / benzoyl peroxide)

Kills bacteria. Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.Coming soon.
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Coupons for Azithromycin
Best available price for 6 (6 tablets of 250mg) z-paks of azithromycin
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Best available price for 50 (50g of 1%/5%) jar of gels of clindamycin-benzoyl-peroxide
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5.45Azithromycin
Reviews for Azithromycin
74%
of people (All ages) say Azithromycin is worth it
59%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle
909 reviews
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Side effects
AzithromycinDuac
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Vomiting 6%
  • Rash 2%
  • Vaginitis 2%
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How it works
AzithromycinDuac
Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AzithromycinDuac
Prescription only
Available as
AzithromycinDuac
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
AzithromycinDuac
  • Acne Vulgaris
Risk factors for serious side effects
AzithromycinDuac
  • History of liver disease
  • History of myasthenia gravis
Detailed Zithromax (azithromycin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    AzithromycinDuac
    • Can take with or without food.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    AzithromycinDuac
    • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    AzithromycinDuac
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AzithromycinDuac
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
    • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
    • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
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    Downsides and risks
    AzithromycinDuac
    • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
    • Has to be used with caution in people who've had liver disease.
    • Can't be used in people who've had myasthenia gravis.
    • Must be used with caution in people who are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AzithromycinDuac
    • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • Space out any antacids with magnesium or aluminum by at least 2 hours.
    • Can take with or without food.
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