- Azithromycin oral tablet is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand name: Zithromax.
- Azithromycin comes as a tablet, suspension, and extended-release suspension you take by mouth. It also comes as eye drops, as well as an intravenous form given by a healthcare provider.
- Azithromycin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria.
Azithromycin oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness but it can cause other side effects.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of azithromycin oral tablet can include:
- stomach pain
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects can include:
- Liver problems. Symptoms can include:
- tiredness or weakness
- loss of appetite
- pain in your upper stomach
- dark urine
- yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
- QT prolongation. This can cause fast or irregular heart rhythm
- Allergic reactions. Symptoms can include:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- severe skin reactions, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), or toxic epidermal necrolysis, which can cause symptoms such as red, blistering skin or skin sloughing (shedding dead skin cells)
- Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (in newborns). Symptoms can include:
- vomiting after eating
- irritability with feeding
- lack of weight gain
If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could cause death.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.