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 100 14
Bronchitis 71 37
Pneumonia 47 23
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 18 7
Lyme Disease 11 7
Babesiosis 10 6

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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
Severe 11
Moderate 14
Mild 34
None 103

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Azithromycin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 10
Stomach pain 5
Nausea 4
Fatigue 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Elevated liver enzymes 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Azithromycin

Dosage Patients
250 mg m,w,f 10
250 mg daily 8
750 mg weekly 3
500 mg daily 2
2 mg daily 1
1 drop(s) four times daily 1
250 mg weekly 1
4,000 mg monthly 1
500 mg m,w,f 1
1,500 mg weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Azithromycin

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 163
Doctor's advice 32
Other 21
Side effects too severe 14
Did not seem to work 13
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 224 patients who’ve stopped taking Azithromycin

Duration

Currently taking Azithromycin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Azithromycin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 125
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 139
Usually 11
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 131
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 4
< $25 79
Not specified 73

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Azithromycin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Clindamycin (Clindamycin PH 1% Gel) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Azithromycin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cefdinir (Omnicef) 1
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1
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18 patient evaluations for Azithromycin

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LSK
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LSK
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

See LSK's full Azithromycin history

Mar 26, 2017 (Started Feb 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Sinus infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bronchitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Doubling my usual daily probiotic dose prevented any GI problems. yay!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
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Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Azithromycin history

Jan 17, 2016 (Started Jan 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sinus Infection (Sinusitis))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fever/chills)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
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
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alperstein
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See alperstein's full Azithromycin history

Sep 15, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for UTI (Urinary Tract Infection))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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