A toddler is prescribed azithromycin for an ear infection. His mother is worried about the side effects of the medication. The nurse explains that most side effects are not serious adverse reactions and that common side effects include
• Many antibiotics commonly cause GI side effects such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and cramping.
• Although seizures are a serious adverse reaction and have been reported in rare cases with azithromycin, this is not a common side effect to be expected.
• Azithromycin and other macrolide antibiotics are not commonly associated with musculoskeletal or cardiac side effects.