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Azithromycin

Generic Zithromax

Azithromycin (Zithromax) is an inexpensive drug use to treat or prevent certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. This drug is more popular than other comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic azithromycin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest USA Rx price for the most common version of azithromycin is around $4.80, 86% off the average retail price of $35.18.

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Azithromycin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

Contact your doctor if vomiting and fussiness with feeding occurs in a treated infant.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

Burning, redness, stinging, or other eye irritation

Rare

Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin

blurred vision

cough

decreased vision

discharge from the eye

fever

headache

hives or welts

itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin

pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones

painful irritation of the clear front part of the eye

shortness of breath or troubled breathing

skin rash

stuffy or runny nose

swelling of the face

swelling or puffiness of the eyes

tightness of the chest or wheezing

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Rare

Change in taste

dry eyes

loss of taste

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.