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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:

  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • headache

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
  • confusion
  • 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Clarithromycin

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.

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 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.

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.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.