Azasite

Generic Name: Azithromycin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Azasite is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") caused by bacteria.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Azasite works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: In studies, most people were shown to be infection-free after treatment with Azasite.

    When: Azasite may treat your infection within 6-7 days. It is important that you use Azasite exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms, such as reduced eye redness and discharge. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: eye irritation.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as skin rash, blistering, or peeling; hives; sores in your mouth; or swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing.

    Increased risk of other infections.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Azasite if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azasite. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Apply 1 drop in the affected eye(s) twice a day, 8-12 hours apart for the first 2 days, then apply 1 drop in the affected eye(s) once a day, for the next 5 days.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply Azasite exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use Azasite more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Shake Azasite once before each use.

    Be sure to wash your hands before you apply Azasite in your eye(s).

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your eye drops.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not touch the applicator tip to your eyes, fingers, or any other surface as this can contaminate Azasite.

    Do not wear contact lenses if you have signs and symptoms of "pink eye" and until you finish your prescribed course of treatment with Azasite.

    Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Azasite can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Azasite.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Azasite at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Azasite during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Azasite, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store the unopened bottle in the refrigerator.

    Once the bottle is opened, store it at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. Throw Azasite away after 14 days.

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