Compare Azithromycin vs. Biaxin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Zithromax
(Azithromycin)

Biaxin
(Clarithromycin)

Kills bacteria. Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.Coming soon.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Zithromax (Azithromycin)
74%
of people say Zithromax (Azithromycin) is worth it
59%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
AzithromycinBiaxin

The Azithromycin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
AzithromycinBiaxin
Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AzithromycinBiaxin
Antibiotic
Macrolide
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
AzithromycinBiaxin
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
AzithromycinBiaxin
  • Acute infective exacerbation of chronic bronchitis Acute otitis media Community acquired pneumonia Disseminated infection due to Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare group Disseminated infection due to Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare group; Prophylaxis - HIV infection Duodenal ulcer disease - Helicobacter pylori gastrointestinal tract infection Infection of skin AND/OR subcutaneous tissue
Risk factors for serious side effects
AzithromycinBiaxin
      • History of liver disease
      • History of myasthenia gravis
      Detailed Zithromax (Azithromycin) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.
      Pregnancy category
      AzithromycinBiaxin
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • Can be taken with or without food.
      • Can take with or without food.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      AzithromycinBiaxin
      • Available in generic.
      • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
      • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
      • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
      • Can be taken with or without food.
      Coming soon.
      Downsides and risks
      AzithromycinBiaxin
      • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
      • Has to be used with caution in people who've had liver disease.
      • Can't be used in people who've had myasthenia gravis.
      • Must be used with caution in people who are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
      • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
      Coming soon.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AzithromycinBiaxin
      • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
      • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
      • Space out any antacids with magnesium or aluminum by at least 2 hours.
      • Can take with or without food.
      Coming soon.
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