azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax)?

Azithromycin is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin and clarithromycin (Biaxin). It is effective against a wide variety of bacteria such as Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, mycobacterium avium, and many others.

What brand names are available for azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax)?

Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax are the brand names available for azithromycin in the US.

Is azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax) available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax)?

Yes

What are the uses for azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax)?

Azithromycin is effective against susceptible bacteria causing:

It also is effective for acute pelvic inflammatory disease and several sexually transmitted infectious diseases (STDs) such as nongonococcal urethritis and cervicitis.

What are the side effects of azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zmax)?

The most common side effects of azithromycin are:

Other possible side effects of azithromycin include:

Possible serious side effects of azithromycin include:

Antibiotics can alter the normal bacteria in the colon and encourage overgrowth of some bacteria such as Clostridium difficile, which causes inflammation of the colon (pseudomembranous colitis). Patients who develop signs of pseudomembranous colitis after starting azithromycin (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and possibly shock) should contact their physician immediately.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2016

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