What is Azithromycin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Azithromycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections such as throat infections, sinusities, and pneumonia. As an ophthalmic preparation it is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cystic fibrosis 723 15
Bronchitis 166 36
Pneumonia 133 22
Urinary tract infection 79 9
Mycobacterium avium complex 44 8

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 12
Moderate 20
Mild 33
None 113

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Azithromycin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 10
Nausea 7
Stomach pain 6
Fatigue 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Constipation 2

Show all 33 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Azithromycin

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg weekly 1
250 mg m,w,f 1
750 mg weekly 1
500 mg m,w,f 1
250 mg daily 1
500 mg every other day 1
500 mg daily 1
250 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Azithromycin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 186
Doctor's advice 41
Other 24
Side effects too severe 17
Did not seem to work 16
Personal research 2
Expense 1
See all 263 patients who've stopped taking Azithromycin

Duration

Currently taking Azithromycin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Azithromycin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 139
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 151
Usually 13
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 31
Not at all hard to take 142
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 82
Not specified 84

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Azithromycin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 3
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) 1
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Azithromycin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 2
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) 1
Cefdinir (Omnicef) 1
Cortisone Injection 1
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Azithromycin

Jan 17, 2016 (Started Jan 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fever/chills)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg One time
Advice & Tips: found out after from another physician that this is the 5th or 6th choice for sinusitis even with allergy to penicillin.

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pneumonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for urinary tract infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 4, 2015 (Started Dec 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bronchitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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