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 15
Bronchitis 70 37
Pneumonia 46 22
Urinary tract infection 20 9
Lyme disease 13 7

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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 14
Moderate 16
Mild 37
None 113

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Azithromycin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 11
Nausea 6
Stomach pain 5
Fatigue 4
Abdominal cramps 3
Constipation 2

Show all 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Azithromycin

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 9
250 mg m,w,f 8
500 mg daily 6
500 mg m,w,f 4
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 drop(s) four times daily 1
750 mg weekly 1
4,000 mg monthly 1
1,500 mg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Azithromycin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 172
Doctor's advice 37
Other 20
Side effects too severe 16
Did not seem to work 14
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 237 patients who've stopped taking Azithromycin

Duration

Currently taking Azithromycin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Azithromycin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 135
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 157
Usually 11
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 144
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 87
Not specified 81

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Azithromycin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 2
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 2
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
Penicillin (Penicillin VK) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Rifampin 1
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1
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20 patient evaluations for Azithromycin

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

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: 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.

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Sep 15, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for 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

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