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|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to erythromycin, clarithromycin, dirithromycin,
azithromycin, or any other part of the medicine.
- If you have liver disease or take
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used as a prevention and treatment for a variety of
|How does it work?|
- Azithromycin prevents protein production in bacteria. This allows the
body to get the infection under
|How is it best taken?|
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- For capsule or liquid (suspension), take on an empty stomach. Take 1
hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- The tablet can be taken with or without food. Take with food if this
medicine causes an upset stomach.
- A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those
who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before
and after medicine is given. Stop tube feeding for 2 hours before giving
medicine. Restart an hour after giving. Shake well first.
- Azithromycin single dose (suspension) packet should be mixed with
cup of water. Mix well and drink. Add another
cup of water, mix, and drink.
- Use entire prescription as directed, even if feeling
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, or liquor). Can make infection
more difficult to treat.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Diarrhea. Yogurt, Bifidobacterium bifidum
, or Lactobacillus acidophilus
may help. These products are available at health food stores or in some
- Belly pain and cramps.
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for change in temperature or worsening of
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Fever and/or chills.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store capsules, tablets, liquid (suspension) in a tight container at
- Any unused portion of liquid (suspension) should be thrown away after
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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