Zithromax is one of the brand names for azithromycin. It may also be sold under the names Z-pak or Zmax. While not common, some patients may experience severe abdominal pain while taking Zithromax.
Zithromax is used to treat bacterial infections. It is a macrolide antibiotic that works by either killing the bacteria or preventing further bacterial growth.
Zithromax commonly causes stomach distress, including diarrhea. Diarrhea medications should not be used as a remedy, because they may worsen the condition. Stomach pain and cramps may also occur, and sometimes abdominal pain may be severe.
Over-the-counter antacids may help alleviate some of the pain. These medications may include choices such as Maalox or stronger remedies such as Tagament or Pepcid AC.
Taking a warm bath and resting may help to cope with abdominal pain.
If pain is not alleviated with over-the-counter treatments, contact your physician. The doctor may recommend that you discontinue use of Zithromax in favor of another antibiotic.