Azasite Eye Drops
AzaSite Eye Drops (Azithromycin Ophthalmic Solution)
AzaSite Eye Drops is 1% sterile ophthalmic solution of azithromycin formulated in edetate disodium, polycarbophil, and sodium chloride (DuraSite)
0.003% benzalkonium chloride as preservative, sodium citrate, mannitol, poloxamer 407, citric acid, polycarbophil, edetate disodium (EDTA), sodium hydroxide to adjust pH, sodium chloride and water
Indications of Azasite Eye Drops
Azasite is a macrolide antibiotic that is used for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis (bacterial pinkeye) is a bacterial infection of the eye which causes inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva. Studies and claims were also made linking the effect of Azasite in treating symptoms of dry eye and improving tear film quality
Azasite is contraindicated if there is hypersensitivity to any of its components.
Possible Side Effects of Azasite Eye Drops
Temporary eye irritation
Sensitivity to light
Blurring of vision
Eye discharge or crusting
Signs of allergic reactions such as itching, rashes, nasal congestion, difficulty of breathing, swelling (face, tongue and throat), and fever
Inform your doctor about any previous infections or other ocular conditions.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you’re taking.
Inform your doctor if you have any allergy to erythromycin, clarithromycin or telithromycin. Mention any other allergies.
If blurring of vision occurs, avoid driving or any other activity which requires clear vision until your vision stabilizes.
It is not known whether Azasite can harm an unborn baby or if it can pass into the breast milk, however, inform your doctor if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
Prolonged and repeated use may result in other type of infection. Inform your doctor if you noticed any new or worsening signs and symptoms.
Wash your hands properly before using the medication.
How to use:
Turn the closed bottle upside down and shake to move the medicine into the tip of the bottle.
Continue holding the bottle upside down and remove the cap.
Tilt your head back and slightly pull your lower lid down.
Hold the bottle over your eye and gently squeeze the bottle. Instill the number of drops required for both eyes. If a drop misses the eye, do it again.
Put back the cap and close tightly. Keep in a cool, dry place.
Avoid touching the applicator tip with your fingers and ensure that it doesn’t touch the eye when used.
Avoid the use of contact lenses during the entire course of the disease.
If any sign of allergic reaction occurs, immediately discontinue use and contact your doctor.
Azasite is a viscous liquid with an off-white color. Discontinue use if you noticed any discoloration or if any precipitates are visible.
Take the medication exactly as prescribed. Avoid missing doses and do not discontinue until full course of treatment has been completed.
If you are using any other eye medications such as drops or ointments, give at least 5 minutes interval between the medications.
Once opened, the medication can be stored in room temperature for up to 14 days.
Unopened bottles can be stored in the fridge. Do not freeze the medication