Generic Name: azithromycin (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Azasite
Azithromycin drops are used for:
Treating eye infections caused by certain bacteria.
Azithromycin drops are a macrolide antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.
Do NOT use azithromycin drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in azithromycin drops
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using azithromycin drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with azithromycin drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have had an allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) to a macrolide antibiotic (eg, clarithromycin, erythromycin)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with azithromycin drops. Because little, if any, of azithromycin drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if azithromycin drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use azithromycin drops:
Use azithromycin drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with azithromycin drops. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Azithromycin drops are for use in the eye only. Do not swallow it.
- Wash your hands immediately before you use azithromycin drops.
- To use azithromycin drops, turn the bottle upside down and shake once before each use. Remove the cap while the bottle is still upside down. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Gently squeeze the bottle to drop the medicine into the pouch, then gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- If a drop does not come out of the bottle when using your dose, repeat these steps.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using azithromycin drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them.
- To clear up your infection completely, use azithromycin drops for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of azithromycin drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use azithromycin drops.
Important safety information:
- Infrequently, azithromycin drops may cause blurred vision. Use azithromycin drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Azithromycin drops only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections.
- Be sure to use azithromycin drops for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of azithromycin drops may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Azithromycin drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using azithromycin drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use azithromycin drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of azithromycin drops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild eye irritation.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); discharge from the eye; eye pain; feeling of having something in your eye; mouth sores; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent burning, itching, stinging, or irritation of the eye; swelling around the eyes; vision changes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of azithromycin drops:
Store unopened bottles of azithromycin drops in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Once the bottle is opened, it may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any unused medicine after the bottle has been open for 14 days. Keep azithromycin drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about azithromycin drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Azithromycin drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take azithromycin drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about azithromycin drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to azithromycin drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using azithromycin drops.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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