Azithromycin SuspensionGeneric Name:
Azithromycin (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin)Brand Name:
Azithromycin Suspension is used for:
Treating mild to moderate infections caused by certain bacteria. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Azithromycin Suspension is a macrolide antibiotic. It slows the growth of, or sometimes kills, sensitive bacteria by reducing the production of important proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.
Do NOT use Azithromycin Suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Azithromycin Suspension, to other macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin), or to ketolide antibiotics (eg, telithromycin)
- you are taking dofetilide, nilotinib, pimozide, propafenone, or tetrabenazine
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Azithromycin Suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with Azithromycin Suspension. 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 liver or kidney problems, an irregular heartbeat, myasthenia gravis, or are on a low-sodium (salt) diet.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Azithromycin Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Antiarrhythmics (eg, disopyramide, dofetilide), arsenic, astemizole, cisapride, domperidone, maprotiline, methadone, paliperidone, pimozide, propafenone, quinolone antibiotics (eg, levofloxacin), terfenadine, or tetrabenazine because the risk of heart problems, including irregular heartbeat, may be increased
- Nelfinavir because it may increase the risk of Azithromycin Suspension's side effects
- Rifampin because it may decrease Azithromycin Suspension's effectiveness
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), carbamazepine, cyclosporine, digoxin, ergot derivatives (eg, ergotamine), nilotinib, phenytoin, rifampin, theophylline, triazolam, or tyrosine kinase receptor inhibitors (eg, dasatinib) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Azithromycin Suspension
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Azithromycin Suspension 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 Suspension:
Use Azithromycin Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Azithromycin Suspension comes as a powder that must be mixed with water before you take it. Your pharmacist will usually mix it for you. If you receive Azithromycin Suspension as a powder, check with your pharmacist for instructions on how to mix it. You should take Azithromycin Suspension within 12 hours after it is mixed with water.
- Take Azithromycin Suspension by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
- Shake well before each use.
- Contact your doctor if you vomit within 1 hour after you take Azithromycin Suspension. You may need additional medicine to treat your infection.
- To clear up your infection completely, take the entire dose of Azithromycin Suspension.
- Only one dose of Azithromycin Suspension is required. If you forget to take Azithromycin Suspension, take it as soon as you remember.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Azithromycin Suspension.
Important safety information:
- Azithromycin Suspension may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Azithromycin Suspension with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Azithromycin Suspension may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Azithromycin Suspension. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Long-term or repeated use of Azithromycin Suspension 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.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Azithromycin Suspension before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Be sure to use Azithromycin Suspension 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.
- Azithromycin Suspension only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Azithromycin Suspension should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in 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 Suspension while you are pregnant. It is not known if Azithromycin Suspension is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Azithromycin Suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Azithromycin Suspension:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Diarrhea; headache; loose stools; nausea; stomach pain; upset stomach; vomiting.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); bloody stools; changes in hearing or hearing loss; chest pain; dark, red, raised areas of the skin; eye or vision problems; fainting; irregular heartbeat; muscle weakness; pounding in the chest; red, swollen, or blistered skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe stomach cramps/pain; trouble speaking or swallowing; unusual vaginal itching, odor, or discharge; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
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 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), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting.Proper storage of Azithromycin Suspension:
Store Azithromycin Suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Azithromycin Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Azithromycin Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Azithromycin Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people. Do not use Azithromycin Suspension for other health conditions.
- If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Azithromycin Suspension. 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.
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