Azithromycin - ophthalmic

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes in the eye caused by certain bacteria).
How do I use this medicine?
Instill Azithromycin eye drop exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

How to use eye drop solution:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
  2. Shake the bottle once before using.
  3. Tilt your head slightly backwards and look upwards. Pull down the lower eyelid gently using your finger.
  4. Instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid.
  5. Close your eyes and roll them slowly in all directions. Repeat for the other eye if required.
  6. Wipe excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  7. Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.

If you have been given another eye drop to be used together with Azithromycin, use the other eye drop first, wait for 15 minutes then instill Azithromycin last.

Do not allow the tip of the eye drop bottle to touch your eyes, eyelids or other surfaces. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

Do not share your eye drop with anyone else.

Use this medicine at regular intervals. Complete the entire course of medicine.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to similar medicines such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or any other macrolide antibiotics.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Azithromycin to a child.

Azithromycin does not reduce your risk of passing eye infections. Ensure that you use proper precautions to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Avoid wearing contact lenses while using this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Azithromycin may cause your vision to be temporarily blurred. Do not drive if your vision is blurred.

Other side effects include any of the following: sticky, itching or burning sensation of the eye and eye discomfort.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Unopened bottle must be stored in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Once opened, store the bottle in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Do not use for longer than 14 days after first opening.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on azithromycin - ophthalmic and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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