AZITRO 200 mg/5 ml Powder for Oral Suspension: What You Need to Know

If you’ve been prescribed AZITRO 200 mg/5 ml Powder for Oral Suspension, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of what this medicine is, how to use it, and what to expect. In this article, we’ll provide you with all the information you need in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner.

What is AZITRO?

AZITRO is a medication presented in the form of a white to off-white granular powder. When reconstituted with water, it forms a creamy-white, homogeneous suspension with a characteristic odor. It is available in semi-opaque plastic bottles of 15 ml or 30 ml, and each measuring spoon (5 ml) contains Azithromycin Dihydrate equivalent to 200 mg Azithromycin.

AZITRO belongs to a group of antibiotics called macrolides and is primarily used to treat various infections caused by certain bacteria and microorganisms. Some examples of these infections include:

  • Chest, throat, and nasal infections (inflammation of bronchi, lungs, and sinusitis)
  • Infections of tonsils (tonsillitis) caused by Streptococcus pyogenes
  • Acute ear infections (acute otitis media)
  • Skin and soft tissue infections (abscesses or boils)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases caused by Chlamydia
  • Soft tissue ulcers caused by Haemophilus ducreyi
  • Genital infections caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae (when no other accompanying infections are present)

Before Using AZITRO

Before you start taking AZITRO, there are some essential considerations to keep in mind. Please do not use AZITRO if:

  • You are allergic to AZITRO or any other macrolide antibiotics.
  • You have liver problems.
  • You are using ergot derivatives (used to treat migraines).
  • You should also take special care with AZITRO if you have:
    • Kidney problems
    • Heart disease
    • Community-acquired infection
    • Suspected bacteria or bacterial toxins in your blood
    • Other serious health problems (e.g., immunodeficiency)
    • Liver disease

If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking AZITRO. The use of AZITRO during pregnancy should only occur when it is clearly needed.

Using AZITRO

Dosage and Frequency

  • AZITRO suspension is typically used for children under 45 kg but may also be prescribed for adults and older children who have difficulty swallowing capsules.
  • AZITRO should be taken as a single daily dose.
  • The dosage varies depending on the condition being treated, and it ranges from 500 mg to 1000 mg as a single oral dose.
  • The usual dose in children less than 45 kg is 10 mg/kg of bodyweight, given as a single daily dose for 3 days.

For the most accurate dosage instructions, consult your doctor, as they may prescribe different doses based on your specific condition.

Method and Route of Administration

AZITRO should be taken orally (by mouth). The powder is reconstituted with water as per the instructions in the leaflet.

Possible Side Effects

As with any medication, AZITRO may cause side effects, although they are generally rare. Some common side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling sick
  • Flatulence
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Pins and needles or numbness
  • Taste disturbance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Visual disturbances
  • Deafness
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Joint pain
  • Tiredness

Please note that these side effects may disappear as your body adjusts to the medication. If you experience any of the following rare side effects, contact your doctor immediately:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of eyelids, face, or lips
  • Sudden wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing

This article is designed to give you a basic understanding of AZITRO and its usage. Remember that your healthcare provider is the best source of information for your specific case. Always follow their guidance, and do not hesitate to reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication.