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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
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.
• 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.
• Take liquid (suspension) on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.
• 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?
• 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.
• Store at room temperature.
• Use within 12 hours of making.
• After opening, store at room temperature. Throw away after 14 days.
• Store as directed by healthcare provider.
• 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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