What is azithromycin for?

Your health professional may prescribe azithromycin if you have an infection caused by bacteria or you are at risk of the complications of a bacterial infection.

Azithromycin is used to treat whooping cough (pertussis) and severe pneumonia.

Azithromycin can also be used for treating other infections caused by bacteria, including chlamydia and typhoid.

If your symptoms don’t improve after a few days of taking azithromycin, or your symptoms get worse, see your doctor.

Find out more about how azithromycin works, who can take it, and the side effects and interactions of azithromycin.

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