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Azithromycin (Systemic)

Basics

Name

Azithromycin (Systemic)

Pronunciation

(az ith roe MYE sin)

Brand Names: US

  • Zithromax
  • Zithromax Tri-Pak
  • Zithromax Z-Pak

Therapeutic Category

  • Antibiotic, Macrolide

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

Azithromycin may be confused with azathioprine, erythromycin

Zithromax may be confused with Fosamax, Zinacef, Zovirax

Pediatric patients: High-risk medication:

KIDs List: Azithromycin (systemic), when used in neonates, is identified on the Key Potentially Inappropriate Drugs in Pediatrics (KIDs) list and should be avoided due to risk of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, unless treating Bordetella pertussis or Chlamydia trachomatis pneumonia; risk vs benefit should be assessed when using for Ureaplasmaspp.(strong recommendation; high quality of evidence) (PPA [Meyers 2020]).

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