Compare AzaSite vs. Besivance

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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AzaSite (azithromycin)

Prescription only

Besivance (besifloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats pink eye.

AzaSite (azithromycin) effectively treats pink eye and requires you to place less drops into your eye compared to similar medications, but it can be expensive.

Treats eye infections like pink eye.

Besivance (besifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye, especially more severe cases, but will cost more because no generic is currently available.

Upsides
  • Less frequent applications make AzaSite (azithromycin) more convenient to use than similar medicines.
  • Since you apply AzaSite (azithromycin) directly to the eye(s), there are minimal systemic side effects.
  • Besivance (besifloxacin) effectively treats bacterial eye infections like pink eye, and is often chosen for more serious cases.
  • Less frequent applications make Besivance (besifloxacin) more convenient to use than similar medicines.
  • Has fewer side effects compared to alternative oral medications since Besivance (besifloxacin) is applied directly to the eyes.
Downsides
  • AzaSite (azithromycin) is not available as a generic and costs significantly more than similar medicines.
  • Directly applying AzaSite (azithromycin) to the eyes can irritate them.
  • Application of Besivance (besifloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
  • Using eye drops may be harder for some people compared to taking a pill.
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Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
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Reviews
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Eye irritation
    2%
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4possible side effects
  • Red eye
    2%
  • Blurred vision
    2%
  • Eye irritation
    2%
  • Headache
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to systemic azithromycin.
  • Risk for eye infection
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • For use topically in the eyes only
  • New infection
    • Prolonged use
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  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro.
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • For use topically in the eyes only
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
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