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Azithromycin Disease Interactions

There are 4 disease interactions with azithromycin:

Major

Antibiotics (Includes azithromycin) ↔ colitis

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Colitis/Enteritis (Noninfectious)

Pseudomembranous colitis has been reported with most antibacterial agents and may range in severity from mild to life-threatening, with an onset of up to two months following cessation of therapy. Antibiotic therapy can alter the normal flora of the colon and permit overgrowth of Clostridium difficile, whose toxin is believed to be a primary cause of antibiotic- associated colitis. The colitis is usually characterized by severe, persistent diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps, and may be associated with the passage of blood and mucus. The most common culprits are clindamycin, lincomycin, the aminopenicillins (amoxicillin, ampicillin), and the cephalosporins. Therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics and other agents with significant antibacterial activity should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly colitis. There is some evidence that pseudomembranous colitis, if it occurs, may run a more severe course in these patients and that it may be associated with flares in their underlying disease activity. The offending antibiotic(s) should be discontinued if significant diarrhea occurs during therapy. Stool cultures for Clostridium difficile and stool assay for C. difficile toxin may be helpful diagnostically. A large bowel endoscopy may be considered to establish a definitive diagnosis in cases of severe diarrhea.

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Major

Macrolide antibiotics (Includes azithromycin) ↔ QT prolongation

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility. Applies to: Hypokalemia, Magnesium Imbalance, Arrhythmias

Prolonged cardiac repolarization and QT interval have been reported in patients receiving treatment with macrolides. Providers should weight risks and benefits of using these drugs in patients with known prolongation of the QT interval, history of torsades de pointes, congenital long QT syndrome, bradyarrhythmias, proarrhythmic conditions such as uncorrected hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia, or patients receiving other drugs that prolong the QT interval.

Moderate

Azithromycin (Includes azithromycin) ↔ liver disease

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Liver Disease, Biliary Obstruction

Azithromycin is primarily excreted by the hepatobiliary system. Although the drug is generally well-tolerated and associated with few adverse effects, therapy with azithromycin should be administered cautiously in patients with liver and/or biliary disease. Hepatotoxicity (abnormal liver function, hepatitis, cholestatic jaundice, necrosis and hepatic failure) has been reported. Treatment should be discontinued immediately if signs and symptoms of hepatitis occur. Azithromycin is contraindicated in patients with a history of cholestatic jaundice or hepatic dysfunction associated with the prior use of azithromycin.

References

  1. "Product Information. Azithromycin Product Information (azithromycin)." Pfizer US Pharmaceuticals, New York, NY.
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  3. Zuckerman JM, Kaye KM "The newer macrolides: azithromycin and clarithromycin." Infect Dis Clin North Am 9 (1995): 731-45
  4. Hopkins S "Clinical toleration and safety of azithromycin." Am J Med 91 (1991): s41-5
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Moderate

Macrolide antibiotics (Includes azithromycin) ↔ myasthenia gravis

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Myasthenia Gravis

The use of macrolide antibiotics has been reported to exacerbate symptoms of myasthenia gravis and trigger new onset of symptoms of myasthenic syndrome. Limited data suggest presynaptic suppression of acetylcholine release. Therapy with these agents should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of myasthenia gravis.

References

  1. "Product Information. Ery-tab (erythromycin)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  2. May EF, Calvert PC "Aggravation of myasthenia gravis by erythromycin." Ann Neurol 28 (1990): 577-9

Azithromycin drug interactions

There are 292 drug interactions with azithromycin

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

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