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Zithromax (generic name: azithromycin; brand names include: Azovid / Azee / Azotik / Azithral / Zithromac / Vinzam / Zmax / Sumamed / Zitrocin / Aziswift) is in a class of drugs called macrolide antibiotics.
Zithromax is prescribed for adults to treat certain mild to moderate skin infections; upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including pharyngitis (strep throat), tonsillitis, sinus infections, worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia; sexually transmitted infections of the cervix or urinary tract; and genital ulcer disease in men.
Zithromax is commonly used to treat chlamydia. Zithromax is also used to prevent infections by a bacterium called Mycobacterium Avium-intracellulare Complex (MAC) in some people.
In children, Zithromax is used to treat middle ear infection, pneumonia, tonsillitis, and strep throat.
Zithromax prevents bacteria from growing by interfering with their protein synthesis.
Zithromax may also be used for purposes other than those listed here; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.