Azithromycin
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Azithromycin Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

AzaSite®; Zithromax®; Zmax®

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Azithromycin®; CO Azithromycin; Dom-Azithromycin; Gen-Azithromycin; Mylan-Azithromycin; Novo-Azithromycin; PHL-Azithromycin; PMS-Azithromycin; PRO-Azithromycin; ratio-Azithromycin; Riva-Azithromycin; Sandoz-Azithromycin; Zithromax®

Mexican Brand Names

Azitrocin; Azitrohexal; Azo-Max; Koptin; Macrozit; Zithran

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Macrolide; Antibiotic, Ophthalmic

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to azithromycin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Azithromycin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

Zithromax®:

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Empty single dose liquid (suspension) packet in 1/4 cup of water. Mix well and drink. Rinse with more water and drink.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

Zmax®:

• Take liquid (suspension) on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

Injection (I.V.):

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

Eye solution:

• For the eye only.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Take out contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given. Do not put contacts back in if eyes are irritated or infected.

• Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.

• Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.

• After using medicine, keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps the medicine in your eye.

• Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

Zithromax®:

• Store liquid (suspension) or tablets at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion of suspension after 10 days.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

Zmax®:

• Store at room temperature.

• Use within 12 hours of making.

Azasite™:

• After opening, store at room temperature. Throw away after 14 days.

Injection:

• Store as directed by healthcare provider.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:50:39.0

Modified: 2010-05-05 13:55:43.0

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