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Azithromycin (Ophthalmic)

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: AzaSite®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antibiotic, Macrolide;Antibiotic, Ophthalmic

    Uses
    • This medicine is used to treat or prevent eye infections.
    • Azithromycin works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • For the eye only.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses can be put back in 15 minutes after this drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
    • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
    • Turn bottle with lid on upside down and shake one time before each use.
    • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
    • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
    • Space each eye drug by 5 minutes.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • After opening, store at room temperature. Throw away after 14 days.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to azithromycin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Eye irritation.
    • Short-term pain after use.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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