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What is the shelf life of azithromycin tablets?

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According to the electronic Medicines Compendium, the shelf life of film-coated azithromycin tablets is 3 years. This is based on storage within aluminum and polyvinylchloride blister packs at or below a temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections, such as tonsillitis, skin and tissue infections, bronchitis and mild to moderate pneumonia.

These tablets typically contain the following ingredients:

  • Microcristalline cellulose
  • Maize starch
  • Sodium starch glycollate
  • Silicium dioxide
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Sodium laurylsulphate

Owing to the lactose monohydrate in the film-coating, which also contains hypromellose, macrogol 4000 and titanium dioxide, they are not recommended for people with lactose intolerance. This medication is also unsuitable for people hypersensitive to azithromycin, erythromycin and macrolide or ketolide antibiotics.

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