Azasite Side Effects

Generic Name: azithromycin ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of azithromycin ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Azasite.

Not all side effects for Azasite may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to azithromycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by azithromycin ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Azasite). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking azithromycin ophthalmic:

Less common
  • Burning, redness, stinging, or other eye irritation
Rare
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • blurred vision
  • cough
  • decreased vision
  • discharge from the eye
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • painful irritation of the clear front part of the eye
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • skin rash
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • swelling of the face
  • swelling or puffiness of the eyes
  • tightness of the chest or wheezing

Some of the side effects that can occur with azithromycin ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Rare
  • Change in taste
  • dry eyes
  • loss of taste

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to azithromycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Eye irritation (up to 2%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Ocular reactions (blurred vision, burning, stinging and irritation upon instillation, contact dermatitis, corneal erosion, dry eye, eye pain, itching, ocular discharge, punctate keratitis, reduced visual acuity; less than 1%)

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia (less than 1%)

Other

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Facial swelling (less than 1%), periocular swelling (less than 1%)

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hives (less than 1%), rash (less than 1%), urticaria (less than 1%)

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nasal congestion (less than 1%), sinusitis (less than 1%)

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