Clarithromycin

How It Works:

Clarithromycin belongs to class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. Clarithromycin stops the production of protiens inside the bacteria thereby stopping bacterial growth.

Side Effects:

indigestion, impaired hearing, vomiting, increased liver enzymes, ringing in ears, diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, weakness., vaginal infection, Inability to sleep, altered taste sensation, inflammation of mouth and lips, inflammation of stomach, abnormal blood counts, muscle spasm, abnormal liver function test, loss of appetite, hypersensitivity, fever, uncontrolled shaking, dry mouth, nervousness, fungal infections, nausea, sensation of spinning or rotation, palpitation, stomach pain, constipation, abnormally increased sweating, sleepiness, rash, gas, headache, itchy skin rash

Used For:

Clarithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, ears, sinuses and throat. It is also used in combination with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers caused by bacteria (Helicobacter pylori).

Instructions:

  • Do not start or continue the clarithromycin tablets/suspension and consult your doctor, if you are allergic to clarithromycin or any macrolide antibiotic (ex. azithromycin,).
  • Do not start or continue the clarithromycin tablets/suspension, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Do not start or continue the clarithromycin tablets/suspension, if you develop severe or prolonged diarrhea during or after receiving clarithromycin.
  • If clarithromycin tablets make you feel dizzy, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is clarithromycin a penicillin, antibiotic, or a fluoroquinolone? Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic, not a penicillin or fluoroquinolone.   Q. Is clarithromycin safe during pregnancy? The use of clarithromycin is not recommended during pregnancy, but may be used if there is no alternative therapy and the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.   Q. Is clarithromycin safe? Clarithromycin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.   Q. Can I take clarithromycin for bacterial vaginosis, tooth infection, bladder infection, acne and cystitis? Clarithromycin can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis unless resistance has not been developed against clindamycin or any macrolide antibiotic (clarithromycin, azithromycin, etc.).   Q. Is clarithromycin gluten free or contain sulfa? Clarithromycin is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use. Clarithromycin is not a sulfa drug/does not contain sulpha.   Q. Can I take clarithromycin with amoxicillin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, metronidazole or Nyquil? Yes clarithromycin can be taken with amoxicillin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, metronidazole or Nyquil. Always consult your physician before use.   Q. Can I take clarithromycin with milk, food, or alcohol? Clarithromycin can be taken with milk, food or empty stomach. Clarithromycin when taken with alcohol may increase certain side effects caused by clarithromycin.   Q. Does clarithromycin cause drowsiness, insomnia, or thrush? Clarithromycin does not cause drowsiness when taken as prescribed. But, it may cause insomnia (sleeplessness) and thrush (infection of mouth caused by candida fungus).   Q. Does clarithromycin affect birth control? When taken with birth control pills, clarithromycin does not affect birth control.
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