The pills are all the same. They are all 250 mg and they have you take two the first day then one every day after till they are gone. The reason for taking two the first day is what they call "a loading dose". To get 500 mg in your system the first day followed by 250mg each day after. The Z-pack is a great antibiodic for most bacterial infections. You have to make sure you complete the pack. There have been some infections that have required an additional pack to treat the infection. Remember with any antibiodic, you must take all the pills even if you feel better. Sandy
April 29, 2017
First, find the Day names on the pill blister pack. Two will be called Day 1, and then all the others will have Day 2, Day 3, etc. on them.
The first day's dose of the Z-pak should be taken together: both pills in the same time slot. It's ok, tho, if you can only swallow one pill at a time: just do two different swallows, to get them both down.
This is a "loading dose," to start it going strongly in your body.
About 24 hrs later, take the next dose, called Day 2 on the pill package, and so on: Each dose about 24 hrs apart.
I find it helpful when sick to keep a written list of what time I take each medicine each day. If I don't write it down, it can easily get confusing.
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