Azithromycin is prescribed to treat a variety of bacterial infections;
it works by killing bacteria that cause the infection.
Azithromycin is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin and clarithromycin (Biaxin).
Azithromycin is effective against a wide variety of bacteria organisms, such as:
- Streptococcus pneumoniae;
- Staphylococcus aureus;
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae;
- Mycobacterium avium;
- Hemophilus influenzae;
Azithromycin is unusual in that it stays in the body for quite a while, allowing for once a day dosing and
for shorter treatment courses for most infections.
Azithromycin, like all macrolide antibiotics, prevents bacteria from growing by interfering with their ability to make
proteins. Due to the differences in the way proteins are made in bacteria and humans, the macrolide antibiotics do not
interfere with humans' ability to make proteins.
Azithromycin capsules and suspension contain the active ingredient azithromycin, which is a type of drug called a macrolide
antibiotic. Azithromycin is prescribed to treat infections caindicated by bacteria.
Azithromycin works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the
bacteria cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. Azithromycin therefore stops the spread of infection and remaining bacteria
are killed by the body's immune system or eventually die.
Azithromycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is active against a wide variety of bacteria that cause a wide variety
of infections. Azithromycin may be prescribed to treat infections of:
- Skin or soft tissue;
- The upper or lower airways;
Azithromycin is also be prescribed to treat the sexually-transmitted infection chlamydia.
To make sure the bacteria causing an infection are susceptible to azithromycin your doctor may take a tissue sample, for
example a swab from the throat or skin.
Azithromycin is prescribed for the treatment of infections including those of the chest, skin and ear.
Azithromycin is also prescribed for some types of stomach ulcer.
Even if your condition improves Azithromycin is important to complete the prescribed course or your infection
could come back.
The most common side effects are:
- Being sick;
- Feeling sick;
- Indigestion or heartburn;
- Tummy pain;