Azithromycin Dihydrate Oral Tablet 500Mg Drug Medication Dosage Information
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Azithromycin Dihydrate: Oral tablet (500mg)

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Azithromycin 500mg Tab
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: G  |  3070
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Azithromycin 500mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: 93  |  7169
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Azithromycin 500mg Tab
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: G  |  3070
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Azithromycin 500mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: 7169  |  93
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Azithromycin 500mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: GG D8 

What is this Medicine?

AZITHROMYCIN (az ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat or prevent certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

CVS/pharmacy Patient Statistics for Azithromycin Dihydrate: Oral tablet(500mg)
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
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Azithromycin 500mg Tablet

NDC: 597623070
  • Prescription Required
  • Not a Controlled Drug
    (CSA Schedule)
  • FDA Approved




FDA approved for the following conditions:
Pneumonia, Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) Prophylaxis, Chancroid, Urethritis, Non-gonococcal Urethritis (NGU), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Chlamydial Infection Prophylaxis, Pharyngitis, Chlamydia Infection, Otitis Media, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Mycobacterium Avium Complex Infection, Bronchitis, Cervicitis, Tonsillitis, Gonorrhea, Proctitis, Skin And Skin Structure Infections, Sinusitis, Community-acquired Pneumonia

Sometimes used for but not FDA approved for the following conditions:
Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) Prophylaxis, Chancroid, Babesiosis, Scrub Typhus, Non-gonococcal Urethritis (NGU), Chlamydial Infection Prophylaxis, Toxoplasmosis, Dentoalveolar Infection, Toxoplasmic Encephalitis, Prostatitis, Syphilis, Pertussis Prophylaxis, Chlamydia Infection, Rheumatic Fever Prophylaxis, Mycobacterium Avium Complex Infection, Lymphogranuloma Venereum, Bartonellosis, Pertussis (whooping Cough), Cholera, Typhoid Fever, Cystic Fibrosis, Dental Infection, Endocarditis Prophylaxis, Dental Abscess (apical), Dental Abscess (periapical), Gastroenteritis, Periodontitis, Granuloma Inguinale, Cervicitis, Gonorrhea, Lyme Disease, Legionnaire's Disease, Traveler's Diarrhea, Shigellosis

Storage Information
Store at room temperature (between 59 to 86 degrees F)
Azithromycin 500mg Tablet
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Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: G  |  3070
Shape: oblong
Color: pink

Reported Side Effects for Azithromycin 500mg Tablet

Metallic Taste Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Lightheadedness Incidence:
<3.9%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Conjunctivitis Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Chills Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: RAPID
Chest Pain Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: EARLY
Breathing Difficulties Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: SEVERE
Onset: RAPID
Weakness Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Vomiting Incidence:
<14.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Low White Blood Cell Counts Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Yellow Skin Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Cholestasis Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Balance Problems Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Vaginal Infection Incidence:
<2.8%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Vesicular Rash Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Superinfection Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Rhinitis Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Skin Rash Incidence:
<5.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Photosensitivity Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Rapid Heart Rate Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: EARLY
Melena Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Feeling Sick Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Hyperkinesis Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Emotional Lability Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Inflamed Stomach Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Gas Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Fever Incidence:
<2.1%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Tired Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Decreased Appetite Incidence:
<2.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Eczema Vaccinatum Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: SEVERE
Onset: DELAYED
Painful Urination Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: EARLY
Shortness Of Breath Incidence:
<1.9%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: EARLY
Upset Stomach Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Scaly And Itchy Rashes Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Drowsiness Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Cough Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Allergic Skin Reaction Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Constipation Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Hives Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: RAPID
Distressed Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Itching Incidence:
<1.9%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: RAPID
Fluid Around The Lungs Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: SEVERE
Onset: DELAYED
Sore Throat Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: DELAYED
Low White Blood Cells Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Inability To Sleep Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Low Blood Sodium Levels Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Low Potassium Levels Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Anemia Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Angioedema Incidence:
<1.0%*
Severity: SEVERE
Onset: RAPID
High Bilirubin Level Incidence:
<3.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Headache Incidence:
<3.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Upset Stomach Incidence:
0.4-18.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Low Lymphocytes Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
High Lymphocytes Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Eosinophilia Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Elevated Hepatic Enzymes Incidence:
1.0-6.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
High Potassium Level Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: SEVERE
Onset: DELAYED
Low Kidney Function Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: SEVERE
Onset: DELAYED
Low Blood Sugar Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: EARLY
Increased Blood Sugar Incidence:
>1.0%*
Severity: MODERATE
Onset: DELAYED
Stomach Pain Incidence:
1.2-7.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
Loose Stools Incidence:
1.8-12.0%*
Severity: MILD
Onset: EARLY
*This is an approximate aggregated range of reported side effects from clinical studies performed on this drug. Your experience with this drug may be different.
Daily Life Interactions for Azithromycin 500mg Tablet

Elements of your daily lifestyle may have an effect on the medications you are taking. Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects, reduce the effectiveness of your medicine or possibly increase the action of a particular medicine.

Moderate Lifestyle Interaction
Grapefruit juice and Azithromycin 500mg Tablet(Azithromycin)
Grapefruit juice and Azithromycin Dihydrate(Azithromycin)
Although an interaction is possible, Grapefruit Juice and Azithromycin may be used together with monitoring by your prescriber. Discuss your drug regimen and any new or worsening side effects with your health care provider.
Moderate Lifestyle Interaction
Food and Azithromycin 500mg Tablet(Azithromycin)
Food and Azithromycin Dihydrate(Azithromycin)
Azithromycin tablets can be taken with or without food. Azithromycin suspension (liquid) is best taken on an empty stomach.
Pregnancy & Lactation Information
FIRST Trimester

Class B - Animal studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus, however, there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

SECOND Trimester

Class B - Animal studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus, however, there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

THIRD Trimester

Class B - Animal studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus, however, there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Lactation

Caution - Not enough information is available to rule out harm to infants when this drug is taken by nursing mothers.


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