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Azasite

Generic Name: azithromycin ophthalmic (a ZITH roe MYE sin off THAL mik)
Brand Names: AzaSite
AzaSite is used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
AzaSite is an eye drop containing Azithromycin, a macrolide antibiotic that fights bacteria. AzaSite is used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria. AzaSite may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Use AzaSite for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Stop using AzaSite and get emergency medical help if you have any signs of a rare but serious Reaction: fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling. Learn more

Azasite Side Effects

Azasite Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about azithromycin ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Azasite.

For the Consumer

Applies to azithromycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, azithromycin ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Azasite) 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 while taking azithromycin ophthalmic:

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 of azithromycin ophthalmic 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

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to azithromycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Ocular discomfort (pruritus, burning, stinging) upon instillation

Common (1% to 10%): Eye irritation, blurred vision, sticky eye sensation, foreign body sensation upon instillation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Conjunctival hyperemia, lacrimation increased upon instillation, erythema of the eyelid

Frequency not reported: Ocular reactions (burning, irritation upon instillation, contact dermatitis, corneal erosion, dry eye, eye pain, itching, ocular discharge, punctate keratitis, reduced visual acuity)

Postmarketing reports: Conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis, keratitis, eyelid eczema, eyelid edema, eye allergy

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Hives/urticaria, rash, facial swelling, periocular swelling

Postmarketing reports: Angioedema

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dysgeusia

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Nasal congestion, sinusitis

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Azasite (www.drugs.com/azasite.html).