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The drug is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections, such as cat-scratch disease, ear infections, infections of the skin or surrounding tissue, and throat or tonsil infections.
Azithromycin is also used to treat lung and other respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, community acquired pneumonia, some cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and whooping cough (pertussis).
500 mg PO once, then 250 mg once daily for 4 days
Alternatively, 12 mg/kg PO; not to exceed 500 mg on day 1 followed by 6 mg/kg; not to exceed 250 mg on days 2 through 5
Before taking azithromycin, talk to your doctor if you:
Have an irregular or slow heartbeat
Have liver problems, including hepatitis
Very severe kidney problems
Have myasthenia gravis
Common Side Effects of Azithromycin
Many people experience fewer side effects when taking azithromycin compared with other antibiotics in the macrolide class, such as erythromycin (Erythrocin).
However, you may still experience side effects, especially if your doctor prescribed a high dose of azithromycin to be taken just one time. Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following: