azithromycin (as monohydrate)
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What’s on this leaflet
This leaflet solutions some frequent questions on AZITH.
It doesn’t comprise all of the accessible data. It doesn’t take the place of speaking
to your physician or pharmacist.
All medicines have advantages and dangers. Your physician has weighed the dangers of you taking
AZITH in opposition to the advantages anticipated for you.
You probably have any considerations about taking this medication, speak to your physician or pharmacist.
Hold this leaflet along with your medication.
Chances are you’ll must learn it once more.
What AZITH is used for
AZITH is an antibiotic which incorporates azithromycin because the lively ingredient. Azithromycin
belongs to a bunch of medicines known as azalides that are a sub-class of a bunch of
antibiotics known as macrolides.
AZITH is used to deal with pneumonia, a lung an infection brought on by sure micro organism such
as Legionella pneumophila.
AZITH works by killing or stopping the expansion of micro organism inflicting the an infection.
It is not going to work in opposition to viral infections corresponding to colds or flu.
Ask your physician in case you have any questions on why AZITH has been prescribed for
Your physician might have prescribed it for one more function.
This medication is out there solely with a physician’s prescription.
There isn’t a proof that it’s addictive.
This medication is just not anticipated to have an effect on your potential to drive a automotive or function equipment.
Earlier than you’re given it
When you need to not be given it
You need to not be given AZITH in case you have ever had an allergic response to:
another ketolide or macrolide antibiotic (e.g. roxithromycin, erythromycin, clarithromycin,
any of the substances listed on the finish of this leaflet.
Signs of an allergic response might embrace:
shortness of breath
wheezing or issue respiratory
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or different components of the physique
rash, itching or hives on the pores and skin.
AZITH should not be given to youngsters.
The protection and effectiveness of this medication in youngsters has not been established.
AZITH should not be given if the expiry date printed on the pack has handed or if the
packaging is torn or reveals indicators of tampering.
If it has expired or is broken, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
In case you are undecided whether or not try to be given AZITH, speak to your physician.
Earlier than you’re given it
Inform your physician in case you have allergy symptoms to another medicines, meals, preservatives
Inform your physician in case you are pregnant or plan to turn out to be pregnant.
Your physician will focus on the potential dangers and advantages of taking this medication throughout
Inform your physician in case you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Your physician will focus on the potential dangers and advantages of throughout breast-feeding.
Inform your physician in case you have or have had any of the next medical situations:
diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
coronary heart issues
You probably have not advised your physician about any of the above, inform them earlier than you begin
being given AZITH.
Taking different medicines
Inform your physician in case you are taking another medicines, together with medicines you purchase
and not using a prescription from a pharmacy, grocery store or well being meals store.
Some medicines might intrude with AZITH. These embrace:
antacids, a drugs used to deal with indigestion
Colchicine, a drugs used to deal with gout
coumarin-type oral anticoagulants, a drugs used to forestall blood clots
ciclosporin, a drugs utilized in transplant sufferers
digoxin, a drugs used to deal with irregular coronary heart rhythm e.g. atrial fibrillation
ergot derivatives corresponding to ergotamine, which is used to deal with migraines
terfenadine or astemizole, medicines used to deal with allergy symptoms and hayfever
zidovudine, a drugs used to deal with sufferers with AIDS.
some medicines used to deal with coronary heart rhythm issues (coronary heart arrhythmia) corresponding to amiodarone,
disopyramide, ibutilide and sotalol
antipsychotic medicines used to deal with schizophrenia or bipolar mania corresponding to haloperidol,
quetiapine and risperidone
medicines used to deal with melancholy (antidepressants) corresponding to fluoxetine, sertraline
fluoroquinolone antibiotics corresponding to ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin and
These medicines could also be affected by AZITH or might have an effect on how effectively it really works. Chances are you’ll
want totally different quantities of your medicines, or you could must take totally different medicines.
Your physician or pharmacist has extra data on medicines to watch out with or
keep away from whereas having this medication.
Speak to your physician concerning the want for added contraception whereas taking AZITH.
Some antibiotics might lower the effectiveness of some contraception tablets, though
this has not been proven with AZITH.
How it’s given
AZITH is a sterile powder which is dissolved in sterile water for injections after which
diluted earlier than use. It’s given as a gradual injection right into a vein, generally known as a steady
infusion or a ‘drip’.
It can take a minimum of 60 minutes for the answer containing your dose of AZITH to
be infused into your vein.
Your physician or nurse will put together the infusion for you.
How a lot to be given
Your physician will resolve the dose of
AZITH you may be given by infusion and for a way lengthy.
Chances are you’ll then be given oral azithromycin to take with a view to full a 7 to 10 day
course of antibiotic remedy.
Issues to pay attention to
In case you are given an excessive amount of (overdose)
As AZITH is given below the shut supervision of your physician, it’s unlikely that
you’ll obtain an excessive amount of.
Nevertheless, in the event you expertise any unintended effects after being given AZITH, inform your physician
When you are utilizing it
Issues you need to do
Inform your physician if the signs of your an infection don’t enhance inside just a few days
or in the event that they turn out to be worse.
Inform your physician, pharmacist or nurse instantly in the event you get extreme diarrhoea. Do
this even when it happens a number of weeks after AZITH has been stopped.
Diarrhoea might imply that you’ve got a critical situation affecting your bowel. Chances are you’ll
want pressing medical care.
Don’t take any diarrhoea medication with out first checking along with your physician.
Inform your physician in the event you get a sore, white mouth or tongue whereas taking, or quickly after
Inform your physician in the event you get vaginal itching or discharge.
This will imply you will have a yeast an infection known as thrush. Generally the usage of AZITH
permits yeast to develop and the above signs to happen. AZITH doesn’t work in opposition to
Inform your physician in the event you turn out to be pregnant whereas taking AZITH.
Inform all different docs, dentists and pharmacists who’re treating you that you’re
taking AZITH, particularly in case you are being began on any new medicines.
Issues to watch out of
Shield your pores and skin if you find yourself within the solar, particularly between 10 am and three pm. If open air,
put on protecting clothes and use a 30+ sunscreen. In case your pores and skin does look like burning
inform your physician instantly.
Some macrolide antibiotics like AZITH might trigger pores and skin to be extra delicate to daylight
than it’s usually. Publicity to daylight might trigger a pores and skin rash, itching, redness
or extreme sunburn.
Issues you need to not do
Don’t cease taking your medication or decrease the dosage with out checking along with your physician.
If you don’t full the total course prescribed by your physician, all of the organisms
inflicting your an infection might not be killed. These organisms might proceed to develop and
multiply in order that your an infection might not clear fully or might return.
Don’t give your medication to anybody else even when they’ve the identical situation as you.
Don’t use your medication to deal with another medical complaints until your physician
tells you to.
Inform your physician, nurse or pharmacist as quickly as potential if you don’t really feel effectively
while you’re having AZITH.
Like different medicines, AZITH may cause some unintended effects. In the event that they happen, most are probably
to be minor and momentary. Nevertheless, some could also be critical and want medical consideration.
Ask your physician to reply any questions you could have.
Inform your physician in the event you discover any of the next unintended effects and so they fear you:
ache on the web site of infusion and ache throughout infusion
oral thrush – white, furry, sore tongue and mouth
vaginal thrush – sore and itchy vagina and/or white discharge
nausea (feeling sick), lack of urge for food, vomiting, abdomen ache, indigestion, wind,
constipation, free bowel motions
dizziness, headache, spinning sensation
tiredness, drowsiness, fatigue
muscle or joint aches
listening to loss or ringing within the ears
altered style and scent
lack of ability to really feel or contact as regular.
Inform your physician instantly in the event you discover any of the next:
aggressive response, nervousness and anxiousness
extreme persistent diarrhoea
quick or irregular heartbeat, chest ache
jaundice, yellowing of the pores and skin and eyes
swelling of the face, lips or tongue
hives, itching or pores and skin rash
signs of sunburn corresponding to redness, itching, swelling or blistering which can happen
extra rapidly than regular
extreme blistering or peeling of the pores and skin
indicators of frequent or worrying infections corresponding to fever, extreme chills, sore throat
or mouth ulcers
bleeding or bruising extra simply than regular
blood within the urine or bowel motions
little or no urine
extreme higher abdomen ache, usually with nausea and vomiting.
The above record contains critical unintended effects which can require medical consideration.
These unintended effects are uncommon.
After ending it
Inform your physician instantly in the event you discover any of the next unintended effects, notably
in the event that they happen a number of weeks after stopping remedy with AZITH:
extreme abdomen cramps
watery and extreme diarrhoea, which can be bloody
fever, together with one or each of the above.
AZITH may cause some micro organism that are usually current within the bowel and usually
innocent, to multiply and due to this fact trigger the above signs. Chances are you’ll want pressing
medical consideration. This facet impact is uncommon.
Don’t take any medication for this diarrhoea with out first checking along with your physician.
Inform your physician in the event you discover the rest that’s making you are feeling unwell.
Different unintended effects not listed above may additionally happen in some folks.
Don’t be alarmed by this record of unintended effects.
Chances are you’ll not expertise any of them.
After utilizing AZITH
AZITH is saved within the pharmacy or on the ward. It needs to be saved in a cool dry place,
protected against gentle the place the temperature stays under 25°C.
The hospital employees will get rid of any leftover AZITH.
What it seems like
AZITH 500 mg powder for injection is a white powder in a glass vial. The powder is
dissolved after which diluted, offering 100 mg/mL resolution following reconstitution.
Accessible in packs of 1 vial.
Every AZITH vial incorporates 500 mg azithromycin.
anhydrous citric acid.
AZITH 500 mg powder for injection doesn’t comprise gluten, lactose, sucrose, tartrazine
or another azo dyes.
AZITH is provided in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Restricted
Stage 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Street
Millers Level NSW 2000
Australian Registration Quantity:
AZITH 500 mg: AUST R 146755
This leaflet was ready in October 2019