Azasite Drops

Generic Name: Azithromycin (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin)Brand Name: Azasite

Azasite Drops are used for:

Treating eye infections caused by certain bacteria.

Azasite Drops are a macrolide antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use Azasite Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Azasite Drops

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Azasite Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Azasite Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had an allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) to a macrolide antibiotic (eg, erythromycin, azithromycin)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Azasite Drops. Because little, if any, of Azasite Drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Azasite Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Azasite Drops:

Use Azasite Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Azasite Drops are for use in the eye only. Do not swallow it.
  • Wash your hands immediately before you use Azasite Drops.
  • Turn the bottle upside down and shake once before each use. Remove the cap while the bottle is still upside down.
  • To use Azasite Drops, tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Gently squeeze the bottle to drop the medicine into the pouch, then gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Azasite Drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Azasite Drops for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Azasite Drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Azasite Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Azasite Drops only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections.
  • Be sure to use Azasite Drops for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Azasite Drops may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Azasite Drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Azasite Drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Azasite Drops are found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Azasite Drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Azasite Drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Azasite Drops. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); discharge from the eye; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent burning, stinging, or irritation of the eye.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Azasite Drops:

Store unopened bottles of Azasite Drops in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Once the bottle is opened, it may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) for up to 14 days. Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the bottle has been open for 14 days. Keep Azasite Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Azasite Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Azasite Drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Azasite Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • AzaSite Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • AzaSite Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • AzaSite Consumer Overview