azithromycin - intravenous, Zithromax (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is mixed in the correct fluid and given slowly into a vein by a health care professional, usually once daily over at least 60 minutes. Follow all instructions for proper mixing, dilution, and use. Consult your pharmacist if you are unclear on any instructions. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Do not inject the medication undiluted into a vein. Do not inject this medication into a muscle or under the skin. Do not mix azithromycin with other medications in the same IV fluid or give with other medications into the same vein at the same time.You should use this injectable medication only until you are able to take an antibiotic by mouth or until your treatment is finished. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Antibiotics work best when used regularly. Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, resulting in a return of the infection.Notify your doctor if your condition/symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea/loose stools, stomach pain, or pain/redness at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: hearing changes (e.g., ringing in the ears, hearing loss), swelling legs/feet, eye problems (e.g., drooping eyelids, blurred vision), slurred speech, muscle weakness.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches/sores in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: persistent nausea/vomiting, severe abdominal/stomach pain, unusual weakness/tiredness, change in the amount of urine, dark urine, yellowing skin/eyes.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.An allergic reaction to this medication may return even if you stop the drug. If you have an allergic reaction, continue to watch for any of the above symptoms for several days after your last dose.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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