Amanda Turkiewicz

Azithromycin

Why is this medication prescribed?
Azithromycin (Zithromax®) is an antibiotic that belongs to the macrolide class of medications.  In CF, azithromycin is used in chronic therapy as an anti-inflammatory drug and a mucolytic.

How does this medication work?
Azithromycin decreases the inflammation in your lungs and helps you thin and clear your mucous.

What is the usual dose?
Azithromycin is available in a tablet form. A typical adult dose is 250-500 mg by mouth once daily.

How should this medication be taken?
You may take azithromycin with or without food. You may take this drug with food if it upsets your stomach. Store the tablet at room temperature away from heat, moisture and direct light.

Continue taking azithromycin as it is part of chronic treatment. Do not stop unless your doctor tells you to.

What should I do if I miss a dose?
Do not double any dose. If you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose.

What should I expect from this medication?
You may or may not experience side effects. These side effects may disappear but let your doctor know if they are severe or if they last for more than 2 days. These include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or a bad taste in your mouth, but tell us if you have any other side effects as well.

Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience rash, hives, difficulty breathing, changes in hearing, or a yellow tinge in your skin or eyes.

Precautions
Tell your doctor of any drug allergies and previous allergic reactions with drugs before using azithromycin.

If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, talk to your doctor before starting any antibiotics.

Avoid taking antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum while you are taking azithromycin as they may reduce the absorption of azithromycin.