Zithromax(R) Review

Zithromax(R) is a prescription antibiotic that is used to treat acne.  Its generic name is azithromycin and it is related to erythromycin and used to treat various bacterial infections including ear infections, pneumonia, chlamydia, and sinusitis.  In recent years, Zithromax has been prescribed to treat adult acne, yet it is not as widely prescribed as other acne-treatment antibiotics like tetracycline and minocycline.

Since it is an antibiotic, Zithromax works as an acne treatment because it directly attacks and destroys the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes.  Without the bacteria present in the skin, all types of acne cannot form.  Taken orally, Zithromax acne treatment will work to heal and prevent acne all over the body, not just on the face.

Company Information

Zithromax was developed and is sold by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc., which was founded in 1849.  Pfizer is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and receives a BBB grade of A+.  In the last 36 months, the BBB has received five consumer complaints against Pfizer and all have been resolved satisfactorily.

Product Specifications

Zithromax medication can be administered in various forms – oral suspension or oral tablets or capsules.  Tablets come in either 250mg or 500mg pills.  Acne sufferers often receive a prescription for a “Z-Pak” which contains six 250 mg tablets.  According to one website, “When Zithromax is used for acne vulgaris, some physicians prescribe a pulsed dose of either 3 days on, 7 days off for three cycles, or treatment with 250 mg on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 10 weeks.”  Your doctor will choose which form and dosage is right for your needs.

Inactive ingredients in Zithromax tablets include calcium phosphate, talc, and artificial colors.

Anyone who has experience allergy related reactions to any erythromycin drugs should not take Zithromax.  Potential side effects to Zithromax include abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.  For most people, the side effects are not bad enough to stop taking the medication.  This medicine can “interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills” which may result in pregnancy if another form of birth control is not used during treatment.

Where to Buy Zithromax(R)

You may buy Zithromax only from a pharmacy with a  doctor’s prescription.  It cannot be purchased in stores, and you should never order Zithromax over the internet.


The cost of Zithromax(R) will depend largely on whether you have health insurance.  With insurance, the cost can be as low as $5 – without insurance, the cost may be $200 or more.

Return Policy

Because it is a prescription medicine, Zithromax(R) cannot be returned after purchase.


There are plenty of Zithromax reviews out there, but unfortunately most of them aren’t acne-related.  Since Zithromax is used to treat many infections and other conditions, I had to wade through quite a lot to find the pros and cons of Zithromax as a solution for acne.

Zithromax seems to be a great system for clearing up acne and preventing new breakouts.  I found more than one person who was prescribed this medication for an infection but watched their acne clear up during treatment.  After just one week’s use, one Zithromax user writes, “My face redness and also pigmentation are decreasing.”

Though Zithromax really works for many people and its safety has been proven, its side effects are not to be ignored.  One acne sufferer from the UK writes that while taking Zithromax, “My lips dried up and skin began to peel away.”  Despite this unpleasant effect, her acne healed completely, and as she says, her “lips returned back to normal once I stopped the medication.”

Another user writes that his “stomach seemed more sensitive than usual.”  As with any medication, not all users experiences the problem of adverse side effects.  One young lady says that “virtually all pimples … have cleared up” and she’s had not a single side effect.

Many users write that they saw skin improvements very quickly, but that’s not true for everyone.  A Michigan user writes that Zithromax “took about 2-3 months to fully kick in” to heal acne.  Unfortunately, she also developed blackheads while taking the medication and had the very unpleasant side effects of “diarrhea and really bad headaches.”

Unlike some prescription acne medications, I found no warnings of severe side effects – only mild effects that ended during or just after completing treatment.  Overall, Zithromax gets very good ratings from most users which means it is a good overall acne treatment.  Whether it will be the best treatment for you can only be discovered by trying it.