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Brand name: Azithromycin (Sandoz)

Azithromycin (Sandoz) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) azithromycin. On this page you will find out more about Azithromycin (Sandoz), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: azithromycin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Azithromycin (Sandoz) 500 mg film-coated tablet, 3

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Azithromycin is indicated for use in adults for the treatment of the following infections of mild to moderate severity: 1. Lower respiratory tract infections: Acute bacterial bronchitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae or Moraxella catarrhalis.Community acquired pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae or Haemophilus influenzae in patients suitable for outpatient oral treatment. Community acquired pneumonia caused by susceptible organisms in patients who require initial intravenous therapy. In clinical studies efficacy has been demonstrated against Chlamydia pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Legionella pneumophilia, Moraxella catarrhalis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. 2. Upper respiratory tract infections: Acute sinusitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae or Haemophilus influenzae. Acute streptococcal pharyngitis. Note: Penicillin is the usual drug of choice in the treatment of Streptococcus pyogenes pharyngitis, including the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever. Azithromycin appears to be almost as effective in the treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis. However, substantial data establishing the efficacy of azithromycin in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present. 3. Uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections: Uncomplicated infections due to Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes or Streptococcus agalactiae. Abscesses usually require surgical drainage. 4. Sexually transmitted diseases: Uncomplicated urethritis and cervicitis due to Chlamydia trachomatis. . Note: At the recommended dose azithromycin cannot be relied upon to treat gonorrhoea or syphilis. As with other medicines for the treatment of non-gonococcal infections, it may mask or delay the symptoms of incubating gonorrhoea or syphilis. Appropriate tests should be performed for the detection of gonorrhoea or syphilis and treatment should be instituted as required. Azithromycin is also indicated for the treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis conjunctivitis and trachoma. Azithromycin is also indicated for the prevention of infection due to Mycobacterium avium-intracellular Complex (MAC) disease, when used as the sole agent or in combination with rifabutin at its approved dose, in adults and children aged more than 12 years with HIV infection and CD4 cell count less than or equal to 75 cells/microliter (see Precautions). Disseminated infection due to Mycobacterium avium-intracellular complex should be excluded by a negative blood culture prior to commencement of therapy.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance white to off-white, oval film-coated tablets, plain on one side with a breaking notch and 'A500' embossed on the other side

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
2 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
3 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light,Protect from Moisture
Life time 4 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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