AZITHROMYCIN Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

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    If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

    • nausea
    • diarrhea
    • intense abdominal pain

    INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

    • a skin rash
    • a high alanine transaminase level
    • a high aspartate transaminase level

    If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

    • inflammation or infection of the vagina
    • itching
    • decreased appetite
    • headache
    • vomiting
    • abnormal liver function tests

    RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

    • diarrhea from an infection with Clostridium difficile bacteria
    • decreased blood platelets
    • increased eosinophils in the blood
    • a type of muscle paralysis due to blocked nerve function called neuromuscular blockade
    • hearing loss
    • rapid ventricular heartbeat
    • torsades de pointes, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
    • prolonged QT interval on EKG
    • low blood pressure
    • bronchospasm
    • liver tissue death
    • liver failure
    • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
    • a blockage of the bile duct that resulting in high bilirubin levels
    • a type of kidney inflammation called interstitial nephritis
    • acute kidney failure
    • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
    • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    • hives
    • seizures
    • trouble breathing
    • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
    • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
    • pancreatitis
    • a type of skin disorder called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis
    • a type of significant allergic skin reaction called DRESS syndrome

    If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

    • thrush
    • agitation
    • aggressive behavior
    • hyperactive behavior
    • ringing in the ears
    • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
    • a discolored tongue
    • a type of stomach irritation called gastritis
    • indigestion
    • constipation
    • skin inflammation
    • increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun
    • joint pain
    • drowsiness
    • sensation of spinning or whirling
    • dizziness
    • difficulty sleeping
    • low energy
    • taste impairment
    • a distorted sense of smell called parosmia
    • heart throbbing or pounding
    • chest pain
    • gas
    • loose stools
    • nervousness
    • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
    • generalized weakness
    • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
    • irritability
    • anxious feelings

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