Azithromycin Tablets- Side Effects of Azithromycin

Azithromycin which is the main active ingredient of Azithromycin tablets is a drug approved by Food and Drug Administration of U.S as a treatment to various bacterial infections. Azithromycin tablets can be brought under brand names Zithromax and Zmax. Azithromycin tablets and other forms are macrolide group chemicals and semi synthetic drugs.

Today Azithromycin tablets as well as other preparations are widely used to treat many severe and mild infection conditions. Conditions such as pneumonia due to Pneumococcus Bacteria, Haemophilus Influenzae, Mycoplasma Pneumoniae and Bacteria Chlamydia, throat and Tonsillitis, Infection of the Middle Ear, Severe Sinusitis, Chronic Bronchitis, Infection of Female Pelvic Organs, and Skin infections are some of them.

Azithromycin tablets are available as 250 mg, 500 mg, and also 600 mg tablets. Azithromycin oral suspensions are available as 100 mg/5 ml or 200 mg/ 5 ml. Extended release powder for suspension is available in 2 g. Also oral suspension powder 1 g can be bought. Powder for injection 500 mg is also used.

Additionally as other drugs there are side effects of Azithromycin tablets and other preparations. The secret of prescribing Azithromycin is that the effect of the drug for the condition is greater than the side effects to the body.

Some side effects of Azithromycin medication are given follows. However these side effects may vary from one individual to another based on various conditions such as tolerability and health condition. Sometimes very few amount can be seen or no side effects at all. Thus it is very important to seek medical advice if any of these conditions exists.

Most common side effects of Azithromycin tablets or other forms are,

  • Diarrhoea
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

These side effects can be seen more than 1 in every 10 Azithromycin users.

Common side effects. Can be seen in more than 1 out of 100 Azithromycin users.

  • Abnormal laboratory test results
  • Blood and bone marrow problems
  • Deafness or hearing problems
  • Eye or eyesight problems
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Itching
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Paraesthesia
  • Skin rash or rashes
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting

Uncommon Side effects (More than 1 in 1000 Azithromycin users)

  • Angioedema
  • chest pain
  • constipation
  • feeling nervous
  • gastritis
  • general feeling of being unwell
  • hearing problems
  • hypersensitivity reactions
  • hypoesthesia
  • liver problems
  • edema
  • palpitations
  • photosensitivity skin reaction
  • sleepiness
  • StevensJohnson syndrome
  • tinnitus
  • urticaria

Rare Side Effects (More than 1 in 10,000 Azithromycin users)

  • Depersonalization
  • Feeling agitated
  • Kidney problems
  • Vertigo

When patients are given a prescription to Azithromycin tablets it is important to inform them that the antibiotics or antibacterial drugs like Azithromycin are used to treat bacterial infections only. Azithromycin tablets or other forms do not treat viral infections. Also it is important to know that during an Azithromycin tablets or any other course it is common to feel like better before the course ends. However the full course should be followed as prescribed.

Also Azithromycin tablets and other forms may react with some other medicines. So it is important to follow medical advice about the doses and everything else before you starts the Azithromycin antibiotics course.