How to use Azithromycin in children

This note is about the use of Zithromax for the treatment of bacterial infections.

This note is for parents about how to use Azithromycin (Zithromax) in children. This information sometimes differs from that provided by the manufacturers, because their information is usually aimed at adults. Please read this note carefully. Keep it somewhere safe so that you can read it again

Warning: If your child has ever had a reaction to any medicine, tell your doctor before giving azithromycin.

Important things to know about taking antibiotics.

Why is it important for my child to take this medicine?

It is important that your child takes this medicine in the way that your doctor has told you to so that it kills the bacteria and gets rid of the infection.

What is Zithromax available as?

When should I give Zithromax?

Zithromax is usually given once a day. This is usually in the morning.

Give the medicine at about the same time each day so that this becomes part of your child's daily routine, which will help you to remember.

How much should I give?

Your doctor will work out the amount of Zithromax (the dose) that is right for your child. The dose will be shown on the medicine label.

Warning: It is important that you follow your doctor's instructions about how much to give.

How should I give it?

Zithromax tablets and liquid can be taken with or without food but the capsules should be taken an hour before food or two hours after food.

Tablets and capsules: Should be swallowed with a glass of water or juice. Your child should not chew the tablets or capsules.

Liquid medicine: Shake the bottle well and measure out the right amount using a medicine spoon or oral syringe. You can get these from your pharmacist. Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the right amount.

When should the medicine start working?

The medicine will start working straight away and your child should start to get better after taking the medicine for 2 days. It is important that they take the whole course of medicine that has been prescribed. Do not stop early.

What if my child is sick (vomits)?

If your child is sick again, seek advice from your family doctor, pharmacist or hospital.

What if I forget to give it?

Give the missed dose when you remember during the day, as long as this is at least 12 hours before the next dose is due.

What if I give too much?

Zithromax is unlikely to cause any problems if you give an extra dose by mistake.

If you think you may have given your child too much Zithromax, contact your doctor or local NHS services (details at end of leaflet). Have the medicine container or packaging with you if you telephone for advice.

Are there any possible side-effects?

We use medicines to make our children better, but sometimes they have other effects that we don't want (side-effects).

Side-effects you must do something about

If your child is short of breath or is wheezing, or their face, lips or tongue start to swell, or they develop a rash, they may be allergic to Zithromax. Take your child to hospital or call an ambulance straight away.

Other side-effects you need to know about

- have diarrhoea that lasts for more than 4 days or it is severe, watery or contains blood.

- are drowsy, floppy or do not respond.

There may sometimes be other side-effects that are not listed above. If you are concerned, contact your doctor.

Warning: If you think someone else may have taken the medicine by accident, contact your doctor for advice.

Can other medicines be given at the same time as Zithromax?

Is there anything else I need to know about this medicine?

Where should I keep this medicine?

Who to contact for more information

Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will be able to give you more information about Zithromax and about other medicines used to treat bacterial infections.

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