What is AzaSite?AzaSite is an antibiotic eye-drop medication used to treat an infection of the eye called bacterial conjunctivitis.
What is the most important information I should know about AzaSite?AzaSite should be used as eyedrop only. It should not be injected.
Although it is common to feel better in the first few days of taking AzaSite, this medication should be taken exactly as your doctor prescribes for the full 7 days. Skipping doses or stopping too early may make the treatment less effective and allow the bacterial infection to reoccur or worsen.
Who should not take AzaSite?There are no known reasons to avoid AzaSite. However, tell your doctor before taking this medication if you have a known allergy to azithromycin or other antibiotics.
The safety and effectiveness of this medication in children <1 year old have not been studied.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of AzaSite?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with AzaSite. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any antibiotic.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and children (≥1 year): The usual starting dose is 1 drop in the affected eye or eyes twice a day, 8-12 hours apart, for the first 2 days. The dosage is then reduced to 1 drop in the affected eye or eyes once a day for the next 5 days.
How should I take AzaSite?Wash your hands thoroughly before using AzaSite. Do not allow the applicator tip to touch the eye, fingers, or other surfaces.
Before each use, hold the closed AzaSite bottle upside down and shake once. While the bottle is still upside down, remove the cap. Then, tilt your head back, and with bottle still upside down, gently squeeze the bottle to instill one drop into your affected eye.
What should I avoid while taking AzaSite?Avoid wearing contact lenses while you have signs or symptoms of an eye infection. Also, it is important to avoid contaminating the tip of the eye-dropper with your eye, fingers, or other surfaces.
Avoid skipping doses or stopping too early, as this may allow bacterial resistance to develop, causing the infection to return or worsen.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with AzaSite?Drug interaction studies have not been conducted with AzaSite. Always check with your doctor before combining AzaSite with other medications.
What are the possible side effects of AzaSite?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: eye irritation; burning, stinging, and eye irritation upon instillation of the drops; skin irritation or rash; corneal erosion; dry eye; altered taste; nasal congestion; eye discharge; inflammation of the cornea; sinus infection
If signs of an allergic reaction occur, contact your doctor immediately.
Can I receive AzaSite if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?AzaSite should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Tell your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of AzaSite?Ask your doctor for advice.
How should I store AzaSite?Store the unopened bottle in the refrigerator. Once the bottle is opened, store in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 14 days. Throw the opened medication away after 14 days.
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