The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

How does Azithromycin work?
Azithromycine is an antibiotic which helps the body fight bacterial infections. Azithromycine can be given to cystic fibrosis (CF) patients for an extended period of time in order to fight off inflammations. An inflammation is the body’s reaction to a disease, made worse by the presence of bacteria. Prolonged treatment for CF patients improves their respiratory function.

In Israel it is also known as Anzil.

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication at room temperature in a closed container and out of reach of children. If you are using syrup, keep the syrup in a cool area. There is no need to refrigerate the syrup.

DO NOT USE the medication past its expiration date Once the syrup is prepared, it is good for seven days. In its powder form it is good until its expiration date.

Administering the Medication:
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician.

If you are administering the medication in a syrup form, shake the bottle well prior to each use. You can add it to your child’s food or drink if he has a hard time swallowing the syrup. Medication should be given before, during, or after a meal.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the dose on time?
If you forgot to administer the dose on time, give your child the medication as soon as you remember. If there is less than 3 hours before the next dose, skip the next dose. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop giving my child the medication?
Finish the round as instructed by your physician. Do not stop giving your child the medication even he is feeling better and no longer has a fever. Stopping treatment before your doctor recommended can make the bacteria resistant to the medication.

What side effects does the antibiotic cause?
While taking the antibiotic, your child may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, headaches and rashes. The side effects are not long term.

If your child vomited less than 20 minutes after taking a dose, re-administer the medication. If your child vomited after 20 minutes of taking the medication, there is no need to repeat the dose. In cases of continuous vomiting, please consult your doctor.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition does not improve after the first two days of treatment
  • Your child experiences swelling or itchiness. Stop treatment immediately and call your doctor
  • Your child’s condition worsens

Azithromycin should not be taken with the following:

  • Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium (Tums, Maalox)
    Multivitamins contain calcium
  • Azithromycin should be taken up to 2 hours prior to or four hours after taking antacids or multivitamins.

Be careful not to let your child be exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.