Drug: AzaSite (azithromycin ophthalmic)

What is azithromycin ophthalmic (AzaSite)? Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that fights bacteria.Azithromycin ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria.Azithromycin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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What are the possible side effects of azithromycin ophthalmic (AzaSite)? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Although the risk of serious side effects is low when azithromycin ophthalmic is used in the eyes, you should be aware of side effects that can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream. Stop using the medicine and get emergency medical help if you have any signs of a severe skin reaction, such as:
  • fever, sore throat;
  • swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes; or
  • skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Stop using azithromycin ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
  • drainage or crusting of your eye;
  • severe burning, stinging, itching, or other irritation after using the eye drops;
  • feeling like there is something in your eye;
  • watery eyes, increased light sensitivity;
  • eye redness or swelling; or
  • any signs of a new infection.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • blurred vision;
  • stuffy nose; or
  • mild stinging, burning, or irritation of your eyes.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect azithromycin ophthalmic (AzaSite)? It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on azithromycin ophthalmic used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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What happens if I overdose (AzaSite)? Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

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