Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that fights bacteria.

Azithromycin ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria.

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  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking azithromycin ophthalmic:

    Less common:
    Burning, redness, stinging, or other eye irritation
    Rare:
    Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
    blurred vision
    cough
    decreased vision
    discharge from the eye
    fever
    headache
    hives or welts
    itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    painful irritation of the clear front part of the eye
    shortness of breath or troubled breathing
    skin rash
    stuffy or runny nose
    swelling of the face
    swelling or puffiness of the eyes
    tightness of the chest or wheezing
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with azithromycin ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Rare:
    Change in taste
    dry eyes
    loss of taste
  • (ophthalmic solution)