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Biaxin (Clarithromycin)

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Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Information Biaxin(Clarithromycin) belongs to the group of drugs called macrolide antibiotics. This type of drug functions by fighting bacteria in the body.

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Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Information

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) belongs to the group of drugs called macrolide antibiotics. This type of drug functions by fighting bacteria in the body.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Indications

The Biaxin(Clarithromycin) antibiotic is used to treat infections or diseases caused by bacteria like pneumonia, bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, infections in the skin and stomach ulcers, amongst others.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Warnings

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) should not be used if you have any kind of liver or kidney disease. Please consult a doctor first if you suffer from these diseases.Biaxin(Clarithromycin) belongs to the FDA pregnancy category C, which means that it may cause harm to unborn babies. If you are pregnant, want to become pregnant or are currently breast-feeding, make sure to consult a doctor before taking this medicine. Biaxin(Clarithromycin) may increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight so avoid too much or prolonged exposure to the sun, use sunscreen and wear protective clothing.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Intake Guidelines

It is necessary to take Biaxin(Clarithromycin) exactly as prescribed by the doctor. In case you did not understand the instructions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to clarify it further. Biaxin(Clarithromycin) is usually taken with a full glass of water. Biaxin(Clarithromycin) XL should be taken with food and water.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Dosage

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) is usually taken twice a day. If you are taking Biaxin(Clarithromycin) in the form of a liquid, shake it well before taking it. Administer this drug using a measuring device to acquire the exact dose recommended. Completion of the course is necessary, even if you feel better, as the disease or illness can return doubly as strong if you do not.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Overdose

Symptoms of Biaxin(Clarithromycin) antibiotics overdose include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal discomfort

If these symptoms are experienced, seek emergency medical attention.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Missed Dose

In case you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the dose that was regularly scheduled. Do NOT take a double the dose unless told to do so by a doctor.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Side Effects

Some of the serious side effects of Biaxin(Clarithromycin) include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Closing of the throat
  • Swelling of the lips
  • Hives
  • Liver damage
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Discomfort
  • Severe fatigue
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes

If you experience any of the side effects mentioned, consult your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical attention.

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) Drug Reactions

Biaxin(Clarithromycin) should not be taken with:

  • Antihistamines such as terfenadine and astemizole
  • Seizure medications which include carbamazepine, phenytoin and valproic acid
  • Asthma medications like theophylline
  • Anticoagulants like warfarin
  • Heart medicines for irregular heartbeats, like digoxin and disopyramide
  • Ergotamine or dihydroergotamine
  • HMG-COA Reductase Inhibitors like atorvastin, simvastatin , lovastatin and others
  • Benzodiazepines like diazepam, triazolam, alprazolam and others
  • Sildenafil or vardenafil
  • Any other antibiotics

If you are taking drugs mentioned above, over-the-counter drugs or any other drugs which are not stated, talk to your doctor before you take Biaxin(Clarithromycin).

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