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Azithromycin (Generic Zithromax, Z-Pak)

Azithromycin is an antibiotic medication that is mainly used in the treatment of bacterial infections. It can be used to treat a number of infections as diverse as ear, nose, and throat infections, chest infections, skin infections, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and can also be used in the treatment of Lyme Disease. It can also be used as a long-term preventive treatment for people who keep getting recurring chest infections.

Azithromycin is part of a group of medicines known as macrolide antibiotics, which are commonly used to treat acute and chronic infections, alongside Clarithromycin, Erythromycin, and Roxithromycin, Azithromycin is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics.

Azithromycin is sold and marketed under generic brand names such as Zithromax, Zmax, Z-Pak and Sumamed.

What Is Azithromycin Prescribed For?

Azithromycin is prescribed for certain bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and infections of the ears, sinuses, lungs, and skin. It can also be used to treat or prevent Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) infections, which is a type of lung infection that affects people with HIV. It is commonly prescribed for bacterial infections, however, it will not work for common viral infections such as colds or flu.

Using antibiotics like Azithromycin when it is not needed can increase the risk of getting an infection later that will resist antibiotic treatment.

How Does Azithromycin Work?

Azithromycin works by stopping the growth of infectious bacteria in the body, therefore preventing its spread. It can be used to treat infections caused by susceptible bacteria, and Azithromycin works by binding to the 23S rRNA of the 50S ribosomal subunit of susceptible bacteria such as Mycobacterium avium, M. intracellulare, and Chlamydia trachomatis. By binding to the infection, it inhibits the bacterial protein synthesis and kills the bacteria, stopping its spread.

What Are the Side Effects of Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is an antibiotic that may result in a number of side effects. Like all medicines, Azithromycin can cause side effects, although not everyone will get them. People may experience an allergic reaction to Azithromycin, such as difficulty breathing, swelling in the throat or face, and hives, or a skin reaction such as burning eyes, rashes, and fevers. It’s important to seek emergency medical help if any of these occur.

Additionally, there are more common side effects of Azithromycin, such as stomach pain, diarrhea that is bloody or watery, fast heartbeats, nausea, losing your appetite, feeling dizzy, fatigue, headaches, changes to your sense of taste, vomiting, liver problems. dark urine, and jaundice.

Older adults are more likely to have side effects related to the rhythm of their heart, such as a fast heart rate, which can be life-threatening. If a baby is prescribed Azithromycin, they may become more irritable or vomit while eating or nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Azithromycin

What to Avoid While Taking Azithromycin?

While taking Azithromycin you should avoid the following:

  • Alcohol – Alcohol can interact with Azithromycin and may increase the risk of side effects.
  • Extended sun exposure – Antibiotics can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you should limit extended sun exposure when taking Azithromycin.

The list above is not exhaustive, and there may be other things you should avoid.

Common medications that interact with Azithromycin include:

  • Warfarin
  • Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium:
  • Quinidine
  • Amiodarone
  • Certain antipsychotics (like pimozide)
  • Colchicine
  • Cyclosporin
  • Digoxin
  • Nelfinavir
  • Statins (like atorvastatin)
  • Alfentanil
  • Triazolam

The listed medications are not exhaustive, and you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medication while on Azithromycin. You should also inform them if you are taking any herbal supplements, as they can interact with Azithromycin too.

What Is the Most Common Side Effect of Azithromycin?

The most common side effect of Azithromycin is an upset stomach. This can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.

Other common side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

If you experience any serious side effects such as shortness of breath, fever, joint pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, confusion, easy bruising, or bleeding, contact your doctor immediately.

It is also important to let your doctor know if you experience any side effects at all when taking Azithromycin, as they may need to adjust the dosage or use a different medication.

How Long Is Azithromycin Usually Prescribed For?

Depending on the infection being treated, the usual dose is 500mg a day for a period of between 3 and 10 days. For some infections, patients may be prescribed a one-off higher dose of either 1g or 2g. If the medication is being prescribed for children or individuals with kidney problems, the dose may be lower.

How to Take Azithromycin?

You should take Azithromycin based on the doctor’s instructions. Azithromycin is either prescribed via an oral suspension liquid or in the form of a capsule and it is usually recommended that you take your medicine at the same time every day. Typically, Azithromycin is only taken by the patient only once per day.

Can You Get Azithromycin Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

Azithromycin is not available as an over-the-counter medication in the United States. It is a prescription drug, which means that only a doctor can prescribe it for you.

Can You Get an Azithromycin Prescription Online?

Yes, our licensed physicians at DrHouse can provide an online prescription for Azithromycin. After reviewing your medical history and current condition, our physicians will determine if Azithromycin is the appropriate treatment for you. If so, they can write a prescription and send it to the pharmacy of your choice.


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The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC 

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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.