Azithromycin is an antibiotic. Azithromycin can be used to treat respiratory infections like pneumonia, abdominal infections, ear infections, throat infections, and other infections. It is often used in place of penicillin drugs in people with a penicillin allergy. It has a longer duration of action than other antibiotics, so it is usually given for a shorter course of therapy.
Azithromycin is often prescribed inappropriately for viral respiratory infections. Antibiotics such as azithromycin should be reserved for serious respiratory infections. Do not use if hypersensitive or allergic to azithromycin or macrolide antibiotics. Do not use if any history of liver problems.
Avoid if allergic or hypersensitive to azithromycin or related antibiotics (macrolides). Abnormal liver function has been reported with use. Abnormal heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmias, including QT prolongation and torsades de pointes) can be caused by azithromycin. Do not use if history of arrhythmia or if taking other drugs that can affect the heart's rhythm. Azithromycin can cause symptoms of myasthenia gravis, a muscle and nerve disease.
|Pneumonia||azithromycin 500 mg by mouth the first day, then 250 mg per day for the next 4 days|
|Abdominal infection||azithromycin 500 mg by mouth once a day for 3 days|
|Ear infection (otitis media)||azithromycin 500 mg by mouth the first day, then 250 mg per day for the next 4 days|
|Strep throat||azithromycin 500 mg by mouth the first day, then 250 mg per day for the next 4 days|
Adult doses are shown, unless otherwise specified. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines for pediatric patients.
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