Information about Azithromycin

Azithromycin Uses

Azithromycin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and typhoid fever. It is used in bacterial infections of tonsils, sinus, ear, nose, throat, skin and soft tissues and lungs (pneumonia).

How Azithromycin works

Azithromycin is an antibiotic. It works by preventing synthesis of essential proteins required by bacteria to carry out vital functions. Thus, it stops the bacteria from growing, and prevents the infection from spreading.

Common side effects of Azithromycin

Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pain
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Available Medicine for Azithromycin

AzithralAlembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
25 to ₹35618 variant(s)
AzeeCipla Ltd
22 to ₹21412 variant(s)
AziwokWockhardt Ltd
16 to ₹22710 variant(s)
AzibactIpca Laboratories Ltd
21 to ₹11810 variant(s)
ZadyMankind Pharma Ltd
22 to ₹1117 variant(s)
AzilideMicro Labs Ltd
18 to ₹11813 variant(s)
AzimaxCipla Ltd
37 to ₹1859 variant(s)
ZithroxMacleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
15 to ₹1189 variant(s)
LazHetero Drugs Ltd
13 to ₹1118 variant(s)
ZithrocinBiochem Pharmaceutical Industries
17 to ₹1188 variant(s)

Expert advice for Azithromycin

  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
  • Take it 1 hour before or two hours after food.
  • Do not take antacids 2 hours before or after taking Azithromycin.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Stop taking Azithromycin and inform your doctor immediately if you develop an itchy rash, swelling of the face, throat or tongue or breathing difficulties while taking it.

Frequently asked questions for Azithromycin


Q. Can the use of Azithromycin cause diarrhea?

Yes, the use of Azithromycin can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, talk to your doctor about it.

Q. Is Azithromycin safe?

Azithromycin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Q. Is Azithromycin an antibiotic?

Yes, Azithromycin is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as macrolides. It can be used to treat bacterial sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infections, pneumonia and many other if caused by micro-organisms sensitive to Azithromycin. It should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor.

Q. What if I don't get better?

You should inform your doctor if you do not notice any improvement in your symptoms after 3 days of taking Azithromycin. Also, if your symptoms get worse, inform your doctor immediately.


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