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    What is Azithromycin?

    Azithromycin is used for Bacterial infections, Bacterial infection, Infections of the throat, Chest infections, Chronic respiratory tract infections, Respiratory tract infections and other conditions. This salt may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Detailed information related to Azithromycin's uses, side-effects, reviews, questions, interactions, and precautions is as follows:

    Azithromycin Uses

    Azithromycin is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
    References: 1
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    Azithromycin - Side-effects

    The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Azithromycin. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
    If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority.
    References: 2, 3
    Learn more: Side-effects

    Azithromycin Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

    Azithromycin improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:
    References: 3

    Azithromycin - Precautions & How to Use

    Before using Azithromycin, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
    • Clostridium difficile diarrhea
    • Consult your doctor if you notice bloody or watery stool or symptoms of allergic reaction
    • Do not take any antacids containing magnesium or aluminium for up to 2 hours before and after taking azithromycin
    • Existing arrhythmia
    • Existing prolongation of QT interval
    • Hepatotoxicity
    • Hypersensitivity may occur when drug stopped
    • It is important to finish the entire course of treatment
    References: 3, 3

    Azithromycin - Drug Interactions

    If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Azithromycin may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Azithromycin may interact with the following drugs and products:
    • Azole antifungals
    • Cyclosporine
    • Digoxin
    • Ergotamine
    • Hexobarbital
    • Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
    • Phenytoin
    • Protease inhibitors
    • Rifamycin anti-tuberculosis drugs
    • Terfenadine
    References: 3
    Learn more: Interactions

    Azithromycin - Contraindications

    Hypersensitivity to Azithromycin is a contraindication. In addition, Azithromycin should not be used if you have the following conditions:
    References: 3
    Learn more: Contraindications

    Azithromycin - Frequently asked Questions

    • Is Azithromycin safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
      Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
      References: 3
    • Is Azithromycin safe while breastfeeding?
      Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
      References: 3
    • Can Azithromycin be used for bacterial infections and bacterial infection?
      Yes, bacterial infections and bacterial infection are among the most common reported uses for Azithromycin. Please do not use Azithromycin for bacterial infections and bacterial infection without consulting first with your doctor. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as common uses for Azithromycin.
    • How long do I need to use Azithromycin before I see improvement of my conditions?
      TabletWise.com website users have reported 3 days and same day as the most common time it takes before they saw improvements in their conditions. These times may not be reflective of what you may experience or how you should use this medicine. Please consult with your doctor to check how long do you need to use Azithromycin. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as time for effectiveness for Azithromycin.
    • At what frequency do I need to use Azithromycin?
      TabletWise.com website users have reported once a day and twice a day as the most common frequency of using Azithromycin. Please follow your doctor's advice on how often you need to Azithromycin. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as frequency of using Azithromycin.
    • Should I consume Azithromycin empty stomach, before food or after food?
      TabletWise.com website users have most commonly reported consuming Azithromycin before food. However, this may not be reflective of how you should consume this medicine. Please follow your doctor's advice on how you should use this medicine. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as timing of using Azithromycin.
    • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
      If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Azithromycin medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Azithromycin. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
    • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
      Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
    • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
      Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

    Other important Information on Azithromycin

    Missing a dose

    In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
    References: 4, 5, 6, 7

    Overdosage of Azithromycin

    • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Azithromycin, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
    • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
    • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
    References: 8, 9, 10

    Storage of Azithromycin

    • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
    • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Azithromycin.
    References: 11, 12, 13, 14

    Expired Azithromycin

    • Taking a single dose of expired Azithromycin is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
    References: 15, 16

    Dosage Information

    Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

    References

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    7. Schachter, S.C., Shafer, P. O. &; Sirven, J.I. (2013). Missed Medicines. Epilepsy Foundation - Accessed: May 28, 2016.
    8. National Institute of Drug Abuse (2010). Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction. Report Research Series - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
    9. eMedicinehealth (2016). Drug Overdose Overview - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
    10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). Unintentional drug poisoning in the United States - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
    11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 12, 2011. Put your medicines up and away and out of sight - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
    12. The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. The quick scoop: medicines and your family: safely storing and disposing of medicines - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
    13. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. December 24, 2013. How to dispose of unused medications - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
    14. World Health Organization: Information sheet: Pharmaceuticals in drinking-water - Accessed: July 1, 2016.
    15. Lyon, R. C., Taylor, J. S., Porter, D. A., et al. (2006) Stability profiles of drug products extended beyond labeled expiration dates. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences; 95:1549-60 - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
    16. Harvard Medical School (2016). Drug Expiration Dates - Do They Mean Anything? - Accessed: May 1, 2016.

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