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User Reviews for Azithromycin to treat Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis

Also known as: Zithromax, Azithromycin Dose Pack, Z-Pak

Azithromycin has an average rating of 6.0 out of 10 from a total of 64 ratings for the treatment of Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis. 47% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 34% reported a negative effect.

Azithromycin Rating Summary

6.0/10 average rating

64 ratings from 67 user reviews.

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Reviews for Azithromycin

Ashryan07 March 24, 2016

“I just want to say to people out there that are scared to take antibiotics (like myself) do not look up these silly reviews it will only scare you more from taking them. I had to deal with strep for a month before I could actually take my antibiotic because people on here made it seem like it was the worst drug they've ever had. So far I've had no side effects. And it's working great. My suggestion is don't try and research what other people have said about it. Try it for yourself.”

10 / 10
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LizzetteS February 5, 2013

“I've used this medication in the past and now recently for a bad throat infection, I was given the 5 day pack, after the first day (2 tablets) taken it started to feel better... And slowly it's been improving everyday. I did experience bad stomach side effects, diarrhea mainly, but I expected that since I wasn't eating well from the throat infection. Took my last tablet today and I hope that it's gone but the symptoms have definitely improved. If you do get an upset stomach try to take it with food. Good medication all in all though.”

8 / 10
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hardtime0022 · Taken for less than 1 month April 27, 2020

“This is my second round of 5 azithromycin tabs, not working for tonsillitis. I have had the diarrhoea, burning throat and sore stomach. This all worries me because of the Covid 19. No major fever yet! I wouldn't recommend this med, to hit or mis!”

1 / 10
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Anonymous August 2, 2012

“This was the wonder pill for me. I was prescribed this alongside a steroid pack and told to take 3-4 regular ibuprofens for the pain in my throat. Let me say, it was VERY severe; I couldn't swallow much, hadn't eaten. I woke up the next day with NO fever and much less swelling and pain. This is my second day on this antibiotic.”

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Hasley · Taken for less than 1 month August 30, 2018

“Woke up with chills and my throat on fire and went to urgent care the next day. I was prescribed a z-pack because I’m allergic to penicillin. The first day I got diarrhea, the second day I got diarrhea, the third day same thing and my symptoms worsened and seemed to spread to my left ear. I can’t sleep a full night and can barely eat. I cringe every time I swallow. I’m disgusted with the health industry and poor antibiotics.”

1 / 10
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apsa · Taken for less than 1 month July 4, 2015

“I was prescribed azithromycin for tonsilitis/phyrangitis. On day 4 with the z-pak and still can't eat can't even swallow my own saliva without being afraid it will hurt. This medication is completely useless my swelling hasn't gone down and the pus pockets are now on the right side of my throat. I am in so much pain haven't eaten for 4 days”

1 / 10
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Anonymous August 19, 2012

“My young son was presciribed this for severe tonsillitis. His fevers were very high. Paracetamol would bring it down but it would be right back up long before 4 hrs were up. The Azithromycin just made him sicker. He had the worst diarrhea and gas and abdominal pain which was very difficult for an already miserable child. After 3 days he wasn't improving and was changed to a different medication.”

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Frequently asked questions

Matthm December 3, 2017

Zithromax (azithromycin): “This is the only antibiotic that ever works for me. Whenever I have a cold and the Dr claims it is viral, it always goes to my tonsils. This time I waited 7 days suffering fever and a throat so sore I could not swallow, and eventually went to the pharmacist and asked for Zithromax z pak. Within 1 day I was 80 percent healed. No side effects. It works for me everyntime. By day 2, all sinus congestion had gone and I got my first real sleep in two weeks.”

9 / 10
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Utpe · Taken for less than 1 month February 7, 2020

“After having a bad case of strep, the ARNP at the local walk-in clinic prescribed me Azithromycin Tablets USP 250mg. I was instructed to take two pills at once, followed by one every day thereafter (six pills over five days). I didn't notice any improvement until the fifth pill on day four. While the swelling and burning in my throat eventually subsided, I experienced side effects. My stool turned yellow, I became drowsy, and suffered from heart palpitations. Seems like the Z-Pak is mainly hit-or-miss depending on the person.”

6 / 10
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scaryfencer June 27, 2009

Zithromax (azithromycin): “I was prescribed a 5 day Z-Pak to treat a Streptococcal pharyngitis infection. After the second day, the medication reduced the swelling and throat pain, but began to cause stomach cramping and pain. By the end of the third day the stomach pain was severe and Doctor recommended to discontinue use. This is the only antibiotic I have used that has caused an allergic reaction.”

3 / 10
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Strepguy89 · Taken for less than 1 month May 6, 2020

“Assumed to have strep throat. Symptoms are strong onset sore throat, with purulent exudate on 1 tonsil accompanied by a 104 fever. No cough, no other respiratory issues. Not able to be swabbed due to Covid 19. Prescribed zpak. 500mg day one 250 mg next 4 days. I have taken first and second dose. 0 relief to date, fever is hovering between 101 with Advil 103 without for 3 days now. Last time I had strep after the first day of amoxicillin I had recovered 80%. I would never recommend anyone take this drug for strep. Another United Health Scare System failure.”

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Krickspears April 29, 2016

“I was diagnosed with strep & prescribed Amoxicillin 2x/day for 10 days. I thought it worked at first, then 3 days later it came back with a vengeance. So, I was then prescribed the Z-pack (2/day 1 then 1/day for 4 days) I have 1 more pill to take till I'm finished. But, I'm not sure it is working either. The sore throat is gone but I have a relentless cough & a ton of chest congestion. I have had mild side effects...nausea, tender stomach, not a big appetite. Still feeling really foggy & weak. I do recommend drinking either Boost or Ensure nutritional drinks while on antibiotics & taking a probiotic.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous January 7, 2010

Azithromycin Dose Pack (azithromycin): “It worked fast and I felt better after four days, but my side effects were diahrrea two hours after each dose and itchy skin with a rash. Now 2 weeks after finishing the prescription I have an infection in my mouth and throat -- oral yeast infection or thrush is listed as a side effect.”

8 / 10
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Jake000 October 16, 2017

“I was prescribed a 3 day, 500mg dosage. It got 5x worse within the first two days which had me scared for day 3. My throat was so swollen that I haven't eaten since Friday. Today is Monday. I have made absolutely no progress. I am 20 years old, 6'4, 220lbs and very fit. I usually eat 5,000 calories a day in order to stay full because I am very active. Nothing has been worse than the pain from this strep throat, and this medicine hasn't helped at all.”

1 / 10
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Borris60 May 3, 2015

“After tolerating an increasingly lumpy, sore, raw, dry throat and overall fatigue for about 10 days I finally went to the doctor. Z-pac and prednisone reduced the symptoms dramatically in 2 days. I didn't realize just how badly I felt. Taken exactly as prescribed this was certainly the right treatment. It's working.”

10 / 10
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Culater06 April 5, 2015

“Had Strep Throat, couldn't get to see Dr for 7 days, extreme pain, fever, chills, couldn't eat or swallow. Dr prescribed Zithromax 500mg (1 tab for 3 days). After 1st day noticed significant difference, 2nd day, almost gone completely!! I was feeling so hopeless before taking this med, like it would go on forever. Zithromax knocked it out so quickly!! Feeling better and back to work/ normal life.”

10 / 10
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will my tonsils get better? · Taken for less than 1 month December 15, 2015

“I have been on this for three days now with the five pack dose. (250mg). The first day I had to take two and I threw it up, because I had nothing in my stomach. If you take this eat something before you take the dose. I'm on day three now, and I feel no pain, but my tonsils still look the same?? Will it eventually die down? I now have a pretty bad cough, along with a lot of sinuses in my head.”

6 / 10
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Eureka D January 6, 2018

Azithromycin Dose Pack (azithromycin): “Woke up with that tingle I get right as Strep starts to set in. 12 hours later I'm in considerable pain. Went to Urgent Care for a strep test. It was positive. I asked the PA for the Z-pak because I needed something I didn't have to take 4 times a day and would work quickly. The Pharmacy filled my prescription around 10:45pm. Took the first dose as soon as I got in my truck. It is only 3.5 hours into the first dose and my throat is almost normal. My stomach feels a little funny but I will take that over strep pain any day.”

10 / 10
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Condor27 April 12, 2017

“I am very allergic to a multitude of antibiotics....I have suffered with strep/tonsillitis since I was a child...every spring, every fall. The ONLY thing that works for me is the 5 day Z-pack. As others have said, please eat something first. I have been prescribed some meds that I haven't taken b/c of the listed side effects....this however has been the only thing to work for me. In fact, I am on my way in a bit to see the Dr because without fail, the white spots, fever, chills have come on this spring too!! Good luck to all.”

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DC · Taken for less than 1 month March 6, 2018

“I had what was assumed to be tonsillitis (no actual test was done). First day I just had a minor sore throat, second day was a little worse, thought I was just getting a cold. Third day was a little worse still, and I started getting white spots on my tonsils. Doctor gave me 5 days of azithromycin which I started immediately. The spots on my tonsils got worse even with the meds, however on day 4 of the medication I began to see improvements. And at that point each day got better. Because the meds continue working for days 6-10, I was not worried. It works but it might take time - if you don't see progress after the 5 days prescribed, talk to your doctor.”

8 / 10
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Me June 9, 2019

“Azithromycin really messed up my face. I was prescribed it by a doctor and I had no qualms about it since I'm also a healthcare professional and I haven't really had any bad encounters with it of my patients complaining about serious side effects of the drug. A day after I had taken it, weird itchy pimple-like rashes started popping out on my T-zone. I stopped the meds when I realized that I was experiencing a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to the drug. I went back to the same doctor who advised me to stop taking the drug and prescribed me an antihistamine. It's been 3 days already and I don't see my skin getting better anytime soon. It's so itchy and scaly. My esteem has dipped since getting this rash on my face because I've always had really clear skin. I would not recommend this drug at all....”

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Kamei · Taken for less than 1 month May 31, 2018

“On the second day of my fever my tonsils were swollen and had white spots. No runny nose, no cough. Dr prescribed the z-pack. Now I'm on 3rd day and feeling much better - the pain and swelling have reduced significantly. For those who are suffering from viral and getting the throat swab negative, I think they cannot expect positive effect of azithromycin or any other antibiotic, as antibiotics are not for viral infection and in such cases antibiotics may only help in preventing secondary bacterial infection. It may also not show significant improvement for those whose bacteria is azithromycin resistant. I had taken levofloxacin and had adverse side effects - Achilles' tendon problem and peripheral neuropathy. Since than azithromycin has been a powerful antibiotic choice for me.”

9 / 10
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annabelle_shy83 November 18, 2017

“Hi my name is Annabelle. I went to the ER on October 19th because of my throat been hurting for about two weeks before I went, the doctor said that he thought I had strep throat that test came back negative but there was a few white spots on the back of my tongue so they gave me two shots you know where and said that it will clear it up well I still haven't felt better so a month later I went to Urgent Care and he told me that he didn't think it was strep throat that it's pharyngitis so he put me on a z-pack the 5 days for 500mg and I'm on the 4th day now and my throat feels worse and it has white spots on the back and on my tonsils and I feel worse is this normal?”

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autogrl · Taken for less than 1 month March 13, 2016

“I thought I caught it early. So they prescribed a z pack. day 2 the white spots spread to other tonsil. day 3 stiffness in neck and still pain with swallowing. day 4 right side skin swollen in mouth to were I could not see my tonsil. Went to urgent care and they prescribed me a different antibiotic.”

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psg30909 January 1, 2016

“Finished taking meds today. Its worse my fever spiking to 100.7..white paste is now on both tonsils. 800mg Motrin up to 4 times a day..neck and shoulder pain..strep and flu swabs were negative. Seeking more treatment tomorrow.”

1 / 10
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