Also known as: Azithromycin
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.
Azitro 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).
Doctors may also prescribe azithromycin for genital infections and sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, infections of the urethra or cervix, genital ulcers, and severe pelvic inflammatory disease.
Azitro belongs to group of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. They work by preventing bacteria from making their own proteins.
As with other antibiotics, to prevent the spread of drug-resistant infections, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly advises doctors to prescribe the drug only when there is proof, or a strong suspicion, that the infection is caused by bacteria against which Azitro is effective.
The FDA first approved Azitro under the brand name Zithromax in 1991. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals manufactures the drug.
Use Azitro as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Azitro is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Azitro at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Azitro. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
Do not use Azitro if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
o clear up your infection completely, use Azitro for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Azitro.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Do not refrigerate or freeze the Zmax® extended-release oral suspension. After water has been added to the powder, use the dose within 12 hours and throw away any unused liquid after your dose.
You may store the Azitro® oral liquid at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Do not freeze the bottle. Do not keep the oral liquid for more than 10 days. Throw away any unused liquid after all doses are completed.
Detailed Azitro dosage information