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Clarithromycin (Generic Biaxin)
What Is Clarithromycin?
Clarithromycin is an antibiotic prescribed to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the class of antibiotics called macrolides.
Clarithromycin is available as a tablet, extended-release tablet, and liquid suspension. The brand name of clarithromycin is Biaxin.
Clarithromycin is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it is effective against a wider range of bacterial infections. It has been shown to have activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, some anaerobes, and atypical pathogens.
How Does Clarithromycin Work?
One way that clarithromycin works is by binding to a bacteria’s ribosome and preventing it from creating the proteins needed by the bacteria to live.
The ribosome is a tiny structure inside the bacteria’s cell that builds proteins. When clarithromycin binds to the ribosome, the ribosome produces incomplete proteins that the bacteria cannot use, preventing them from growing and reproducing. The bacteria eventually die, and then the immune system can clear the infection.
Depending on the type of bacteria causing the infection and the drug concentration prescribed, clarithromycin might follow the above steps and inhibit its growth, or it may directly kill the bacteria.
What Is Clarithromycin Used For?
Clarithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections such as:
- skin infections (e.g., cellulitis)
- chest infections (e.g., pneumonia, bronchitis)
- ear infections
This list is not complete and clarithromycin may be used to treat other infections.
Clarithromycin may also be prescribed alongside other medications (e.g., rifampin, ethambutol, lansoprazole, amoxicillin, bismuth, omeprazole) to treat stomach ulcers resulting from Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Side Effects of Clarithromycin
Common side effects of clarithromycin may consist of:
- stomach pain
- unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth
These side effects are generally mild and do not last long.
Some more serious side effects of clarithromycin include:
- fluttering in your chest
- fast or pounding heartbeat
- sudden dizziness
- shortness of breath
- severe stomach pain
- watery or bloody diarrhea
- spinning sensation
- kidney problems (swelling of the feet or ankles, little or no urination, feeling tired)
- liver problems (upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, tiredness, clay-colored stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes)
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately.
Some people may be allergic to clarithromycin. These allergic reactions may present with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, hives, and facial or throat swelling. Clarithromycin may also cause a severe skin reaction with a sore throat, skin pain, purple or red skin rash, blistering and peeling skin, or burning in the eyes. If you experience an allergic or severe skin reaction from clarithromycin, seek emergency medical help.
How to Take Clarithromycin?
Clarithromycin should be taken exactly as a doctor prescribes, including the dosage amount and timing. Do not take more clarithromycin than prescribed or for longer than recommended. Furthermore, only take clarithromycin to treat the condition it is prescribed for.
Taking clarithromycin for its entire prescription length is crucial, even if your symptoms get better. It’s common for symptoms to improve before the infection is completely cleared, and discontinuing your medication early increases the risk of the infection remaining.
Clarithromycin tablets and liquid suspensions can be taken with or without food. If you notice that taking clarithromycin upsets your stomach, taking it with food may help ease this symptom. However, those taking the extended-release tablets should take them with food, and it is important to swallow the tablets whole––do not chew, crush, or break them.
Sometimes, clarithromycin is prescribed alongside other drugs, so it is important to follow the instructions for each drug to ensure you are receiving the most from your treatment.
If you miss a dose of clarithromycin, take it as soon as you remember. However, skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
Always consult with your physician or other qualified health providers about medical concerns. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it based on what you read on this website.
If you are experiencing high fever (>103F/39.4C), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, heart palpitations, abnormal bruising, abnormal bleeding, extreme fatigue, dizziness, new weakness or paralysis, difficulty with speech, confusion, extreme pain in any body part, or inability to remain hydrated or keep down fluids or feel you may have any other life-threatening condition, please go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.
Frequently asked questions
What Should You Avoid While Taking Clarithromycin?
Some drugs can have dangerous or unwanted effects when taken with clarithromycin. These can include:
- dihydroergotamine or ergotamine
Inform your doctor if you take any of these medications, as they may want to change your treatment plan.
Clarithromycin can cause serious heart problems if taken alongside certain medicines, such as antifungal medicine, antibiotics, anti-malaria medicine, antidepressants, antipsychotic medicine, asthma inhalers, certain HIV/AIDS medicine, cancer medicine, medicine to prevent vomiting, or heart or blood pressure medicine.
Taking clarithromycin with other drugs may also cause more side effects. For example, taking it with benzodiazepines may make you feel drowsier. When taken with insulin and certain oral diabetes drugs, blood sugar levels may decrease significantly. Additionally, taking clarithromycin with statins, or drugs used to treat cholesterol, may cause muscle problems. This is not a complete list, so informing your doctor of all medications you take before starting clarithromycin is best.
Is Clarithromycin a Strong Antibiotic?
Using the term “strong” when talking about antibiotics is not accurate as there are several factors that determine how effective an antibiotic is on a certain infection.
But Clarithromycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it can be used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.
Can You Get Clarithromycin Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, you can’t get Clarithromycin over-the-counter (OTC). Clarithromycin is available only with a prescription from a healthcare provider.
What Is the Most Common Side Effect of Clarithromycin?
While the side effects of Clarithromycin vary from person to person, the most common ones are different stomach issues, like nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Additionally, some people might have headaches or a metallic or unpleasant taste in the mouth as a side effect of taking Clarithromycin.
Can I Get Clarithromycin Online?
Yes, you can get an online prescription for Clarithromycin with DrHouse. DrHouse offers a telehealth service that allows patients to access convenient and affordable medical care from a board-certified doctor.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription for Clarithromycin?
Getting an online prescription with DrHouse is simple and fast. All you need to do is:
- Sign up
- Download our telehealth app
- Fill in a medical questionnaire
- Start an on-demand virtual visit with one of our board-certified doctors
Once you have consulted with a doctor, they will be able to provide you with an online prescription for Clarithromycin if it’s necessary and suitable for your condition. You can either have the prescription sent to your local pharmacy or delivered to your home.
What Are Some Other Antibiotic Medications?
Other common antibiotics include: