What are Suprax and azithromycin?

Suprax (cefixime) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat middle ear infections (otitis media), throat infections (pharyngitis), laryngitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), gonorrhea, and acute bacterial bronchitis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Other cephalosporins include cephalexin (Keflex), cefaclor (Ceclor), cefuroxime (Zinacef), cefprozil (Cefzil), cefpodoxime (Vantin), and some injectable forms. Suprax stops bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria from forming walls that are necessary to protect the bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Most bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall. Suprax is active against a wide spectrum of bacteria including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Hemophilus influenzae, E. coli, Moraxella catarrhalis, Klebsiella, Proteus mirabilis, Salmonella, Shigella, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic related to clarithromycin (Biaxin) and erythromycin that is used to treat otitis media (middle ear infection), tonsillitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections, Mycobacterium avium complex, acute bacterial flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute pelvic inflammatory disease, and certain sexually transmitted infectious diseases (STDs) such as nongonococcal urethritis and cervicitis. It is effective against a variety of bacteria including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Hemophilus influenzae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium avium, and many others.