This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs. This medication will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Azithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking azithromycin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Zithromax (azithromycin) is an antibiotic commonly used in children to treat bacterial infections, such as ear and sinus infections. Often prescribed in pill form, it can also be delivered in a liquid formulation for children who don't like pills. Depending on the infection your child has, the treatment would typically last anywhere from one to five days. Though Zithromax is approved for use in children, its safety and effectiveness in kids under the age of six months haven't been established. The drug has been approved to treat the following pediatric conditions: Zithromax is often used off-label for other mild to moderate pediatric infections that are caused by susceptible bacteria including walking pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough), and chronic bronchitis with a secondary bacterial infection. Increasing rates of azithromycin resistance mean that the drug is generally reserved for second-line use. For strep throat, penicillin is the preferred agent.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Zithromax has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason. Zithromax is only available with a doctor’s prescription. This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Zithromax is an antibiotic, which belongs to a group of medicines called azalides. The azalides are a sub-class of a group of antibiotics called macrolides. Zithromax works by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria causing your infection. Zithromax will not work against viral infections such as colds or flu. Azithromycin should not be used in patients with pneumonia who are judged to be inappropriate for oral therapy because of moderate to severe illness or risk factors. (1.3) To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of ZITHROMAX (azithromycin) and other antibacterial drugs, ZITHROMAX (azithromycin) should be used only to treat infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. (1.4) ZITHROMAX (azithromycin) is a macrolide antibacterial drug indicated for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in the specific conditions listed below. Recommended dosages and durations of therapy in adult and pediatric patient populations vary in these indications. To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of ZITHROMAX (azithromycin) and other antibacterial drugs, ZITHROMAX (azithromycin) should be used only to treat infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy. After mixing, store suspension at 5° to 30°C (41° to 86°F) and use within 10 days. ZITHROMAX 250 mg tablets are supplied as pink modified capsular shaped, engraved, film-coated tablets containing azithromycin dihydrate equivalent to 250 mg of azithromycin.
Drug information on Azithromycin for health care professionals. Storage. Tablets should be stored below 30 C 86 F. Dry powder for reconstitution into. How should azithromycin be stored? Store azithromycin injection vials below 86°F 30°C.