Compare azithromycin vs. Ceftin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Zithromax (azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available in generic form. However, it may cause headache, dizziness, or rash.
Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.
- 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.
- Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
- Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
- Available in generic.
- 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.
- Must take the liquid suspension with food.
- Acid reducers can lower the effectiveness of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil). Talk to your doctor if you are on acid reducers.
- Extended-release liquid
- Oral suspension
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- Abdominal pain2%
- Diarrhea caused by bacteria (Clostridium difficile)
- Liver damage
- History of liver disease
- Myasthenia gravis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Serious allergic reaction
- Abnormal heartbeat
- QT prolongation
- Drugs that cause prolonged QT interval
- Abnormal electrolytes
- Allergic reaction
- History of penicillin allergy
- History of cephalosporin allergy
- New infection
- Taking Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) for a long time