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azithromycin (generic name)

(az ith roe MYE sin): An ophthalmic anti-infective - It is used to treat bacterial eye infections

azithromycin

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.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What is the price of this medication and similar alternatives?

This pricing information is subject to change at the sole discretion of DS Pharmacy. This pricing information was updated 09/2009. For the most current and up-to-date pricing information, please visit www.drugstore.com. Actual costs to patients will vary depending on the use of specific retail or mail-order locations and health insurance copays.

Azithromycin 200MG/5ML Suspension GREENSTONE15/$32.27 or 30/$62.57
Azithromycin 250MG Tablets GREENSTONE30/$98.99 or 90/$285.98
Azithromycin 500MG Tablets GREENSTONE30/$438 or 90/$1230.02
Azithromycin 600MG Tablets GREENSTONE30/$399.94 or 90/$999.97
Zithromax 1GM Packet PFIZER U.S.3/$113.73 or 9/$326.66
Zithromax 100MG/5ML Suspension PFIZER U.S.15/$49.61 or 45/$141.11
Zithromax 200MG/5ML Suspension PFIZER U.S.30/$48.51 or 90/$140
Zithromax 200MG/5ML Suspension PFIZER U.S.15/$48.51 or 45/$140.01
Zithromax 200MG/5ML Suspension PFIZER U.S.22/$48.51 or 67/$140.01
Zithromax 250MG Tablets PFIZER U.S.30/$312.55 or 90/$821.79
Zithromax 500MG Tablets PFIZER U.S.30/$587.89 or 90/$1711.35
Zithromax 600MG Tablets PFIZER U.S.30/$693.5 or 90/$1972.28
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
  • confusion, nightmares or hallucinations
  • dark urine
  • difficulty breathing
  • hearing loss
  • 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 the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, drowsiness
  • headache
  • stomach upset or vomiting
  • tooth discoloration
  • vaginal irritation

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. The tablets can be taken with food or on an empty stomach. If the medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food. 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 your 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.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • lincomycin

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amiodarone
  • antacids
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • dihydroergotamine or ergotamine
  • magnesium
  • nelfinavir
  • phenytoin
  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

Who should NOT use this medication?

  • Known hypersensitivity to azithromycin, erythromycin, any macrolide, or any ketolide.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • 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
  • breast-feeding
Can I stop taking the medication if I feel better?
If you have been diagnosed with a disease for which an antibiotic is needed, you must complete the prescribed course of treatment. Even if you start to feel better, do not skip any doses and remember to take the medication until it is all gone.
I am on so many medications; do I have to take them all?
This is called polypharmacy—many different medications being used at the same time by one person. Sometimes, being on multiple medications is acceptable and appropriate but at other times it may be problematic. If you are receiving your medications from multiple physicians you need to ensure that they all know what medications you are taking. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the medications you are currently using, including all nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs (if possible, also include all the diseases you have been diagnosed with). Give a copy to every doctor who takes care of you so they have it on file, this way they can avoid duplicating medications and perhaps even try to consolidate some. After every doctor's visit remember to update the list accordingly. Also, as much as you possibly can, try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, this way any potential drug interactions can be caught and averted.
Where can I get more information?
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