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All about: Azithromycin Drops

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Generic Name: Azithromycin Eye Drops (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Azasite

Azithromycin Drops is used for:

Treating eye infections caused by certain bacteria.

Azithromycin Drops is 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, erythromycin, azithromycin)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Azithromycin Drops. Because little, if any, of Azithromycin Drops is 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. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Azithromycin Drops is for use in the eye only. Do not swallow it.
  • Wash your hands immediately before you use Azithromycin Drops.
  • Turn the bottle upside down and shake once before each use. Remove the cap while the bottle is still upside down.
  • To use Azithromycin Drops, 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.
  • 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:

  • 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 Azithromycin Drops 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. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Azithromycin Drops. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); discharge from the eye; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent burning, stinging, or irritation of the eye.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), 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) for up to 14 days. Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. 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.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Azithromycin Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Azithromycin Drops is 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.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Azithromycin Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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