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How much does a visit to get a Clarithromycin prescription cost?

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Membership
Get $30 off every visit, free meds, and unlimited care support - for you and your family.
$49/visit
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Free meds and delivery
We cover 300+ meds with free delivery. Check our covered meds and FAQ
Includes your family
Get discounted visits and free meds & delivery for all your family members.
On-demand care support  
Chat with our care support whenever necessary. They are here for you 24/7.
24/7 virtual visits
See a board-certified clinician within 15 minutes. No insurance needed.
Get doctor’s notes
Get a doctor’s excuse and/or clearance for your school or work if needed.
100% treatment guarantee
You can get a refund after your first visit if we are unable to provide care.
Urgent Care
Visit
One-time urgent care visit for diagnosis, treatment, Rx, and doctor’s notes.
$79/visit
24/7 virtual visits
See a board-certified clinician within 15 minutes. No insurance needed.
Get doctor’s notes
Get a doctor’s excuse and/or clearance for your school or work if needed.
100% treatment guarantee
You can request a refund after your visit if we are unable to provide care.
On-demand care support  
Chat with our care support whenever necessary. They are here for you 24/7. For 7 days
¹Having a visit does not guarantee a medication will be ordered or refilled. It is clinicians’ professional decision. It is prohibited by law to prescribe or refill controlled substances via virtual visits. ²Your provider may recommend follow-up care, including additional services that may not be included in visit price.

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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. 

 

For more detailed information about Clarithromycin, you can refer to the following sources:

 

The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC 

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Frequently asked questions

  • 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.

  • No, you can’t get Clarithromycin over-the-counter (OTC). Clarithromycin is available only with a prescription from a healthcare provider.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Yes, it is completely legal to prescribe medicine online. Telehealth services like DrHouse operate under strict medical and legal guidelines to ensure the highest standard of care for our patients. Our licensed doctors are fully qualified to assess your health, provide medical advice, and write prescriptions.

  • 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.

  • Other common antibiotics include: