What is this medicine?
AZITHROMYCIN (az ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat or prevent certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic or may be given during home health care. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
anxious, hyperactive, nervous
irregular heartbeat or chest pain
pain or difficulty passing urine
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
white patches or sores in the mouth
yellowing of eyes, skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite, bad taste
pain, swelling at the site of injection
stomach upset, vomiting
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
This drug is usually given in a hospital or clinic and will usually not be stored at home. You will be instructed on how to store this medicine, if needed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
irregular heartbeat or heart disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to azithromycin, erythromycin, other macrolide antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored closely. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.