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An Overview of Azithromycin (Zithromax)

October 8, 2012

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Other Names: Zithromax, Zmax, azithromycin dihydrate

What is azithromycin?

Azithromycin is an antibacterial prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain infections, such as:

Certain bacterial respiratory diseases (such as pneumonia) are opportunistic infections. An opportunistic infection is an infection that occurs more frequently or is more severe in people with weakened immune systems -- such as those infected with HIV -- than in people with healthy immune systems.

Azithromycin can also be used "off-label" to treat other opportunistic infections of HIV infection. "Off-label" use refers to use of an FDA-approved medicine in a manner different from that described on the medicine label. Good medical practice and the best interests of a patient sometimes require that a medicine be used "off-label."


What HIV-related opportunistic infections is azithromycin used for?

The Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), includes recommendations on the HIV-related uses of azithromycin to treat bacterial respiratory diseases (such as pneumonia) and recommendations for the following "off-label" uses of azithromycin to:


What should I tell my health care provider before taking azithromycin?

Before taking azithromycin, tell your health care provider:

Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from azithromycin. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.


How should I take azithromycin?

Take azithromycin according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much azithromycin to take and when to take it. Before you start azithromycin and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.


How should azithromycin be stored?


Where can I find more information about azithromycin?

More information about azithromycin is available:




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