Medically Reviewed by HaVy Ngo, Pharm.D.

Last Reviewed: Jun 10, 2022

Drug Details

Generic Name:


Common Brands:

Zithromax, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zithromax Z-Pak


Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Macrolide antibiotic


Oral suspension (bottle), Tablet, Packet, Vial, Tri-Pak, Z-Pak

Controlled Status:

Not a controlled substance


All of the dosage forms above are administered by mouth. However, azithromycin can also be administered intravenously or intramuscularly in hospital settings.

Therapeutic Uses:

Azithromycin is used to treat certain bacterial infections by stopping the growth of the bacteria. Keep in mind that azithromycin will not work against viruses such as the common cold, flu, and other viral infections. The type of infections that azithromycin can be effective against are listed below:

  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea)
  • Different types of infections involving the ears, skin, lungs, throat (strep throat and tonsillitis), sinuses, and reproductive organs (urethra and cervix) 

What is azithromycin (Zithromax)?

Azithromycin is an FDA-approved macrolide antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, ear, eyes, skin, urinary tract, and genitals in adults and children. 

Who can take azithromycin (Zithromax)?

Azithromycin is indicated to be used in most adults and children. Azithromycin may be safe to be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.