Compare azithromycin vs. Zymaxid

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Zithromax (azithromycin)

Prescription only

Zymaxid (gatifloxacin)

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 eye infections.

Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye caused by bacteria, but must be applied multiple times a day.

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.
  • Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye.
  • Directly applying Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) to the eye(s) helps you avoid systemic side effects such as diarrhea and sun sensitivity.
  • Inexpensive generic Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) drops are available.
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.
  • Requires frequent applications, especially during the first few days of treatment.
  • Directly applying Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) to the eyes can be irritating.
  • Must be applied more frequently than some alternatives.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended-release liquid
  • Eye drops
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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The Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro.
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • For use topically in the eyes only
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
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