Azithromycin Side Effects

Possible Serious Azithromycin Side Effects

There are a number of side effects that can occur with azithromycin that indicate something serious. If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking the azithromycin and call your healthcare provider. These side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Blood in stools
  • Severe or watery diarrhea
  • Yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Abnormal swelling
  • Hives
  • Unexplained rash
  • Itching
  • Peeling of skin.
     

Rare Azithromycin Side Effects

There are other side effects with azithromycin that can occur. These rare side effects occur in less than 1 percent of patients. It is difficult to tell whether these side effects are actually caused by the medication itself or something else.
 
Some of these possible azithromycin side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Allergic reactions
  • Kidney failure
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Irritation of the vagina (vaginitis)
  • Irritation of the liver (hepatitis)
  • A reduced number of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia)
  • Serious intestinal infections (enterocolitis)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Ringing ears (tinnitus)
  • Oral yeast infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Dehydration
  • An unusual burning or tingling sensation (paresthesia)
  • Increased sun sensitivity.
     
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