What is azithromycin?

Zithromax (azithromycin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria.

Zithromax is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Zithromax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

You should not use Zithromax if you have ever had jaundice or liver problems caused by taking azithromycin.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Zithromax if you are allergic to azithromycin, or if:

  • you have ever had jaundice or liver problems caused by taking Zithromax; or

  • you are allergic to similar drugs such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, or telithromycin.

To make sure Zithromax is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • myasthenia gravis;

  • a heart rhythm disorder; or

  • a history of Long QT syndrome.

Zithromax is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

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