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Biaxin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

clarithromycin
Pronunciation: kla rith roe MYE sin
Brand: Biaxin, Biaxin XL

Biaxin is in a class of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. It is use to treat certain bacteria or stops their growth. It is use to treat various infections including ear, lung, sinus, throat and skin. This medicine is also is used to treat a certain bacteria that may cause stomach ulcers. Generic clarithromycin tablets and extended-release tablets are available.

Biaxin Dosage

  • For Respiratory, ear, and skin infections, the usual dose varies from 250 to 500 milligrams every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days.
  • For Duodenal ulcers, then the usual doses is 500 milligrams of Biaxin, 30 milligrams of Prevacid, and 1 gram amoxicillin every 12 hours for 10 or 14 days.
  • Clarithromycin can be taken with food or milk or on an empty stomach.

Uses of Biaxin

Biaxin is used to treat many different types of bacterial infections, including bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, tonsillitis, skin infections, and stomach ulcers that may caused by bacteria.

Side Effects of Biaxin

Before taken Biaxin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Biaxin. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Biaxin

  • If you have severe kidney disease, then your doctor will prescribe a smaller dose of Biaxin. So make sure the doctor is aware of any kidney problems you may have.
  • Like other antibiotics, Biaxin may also cause a potentially life-threatening form of diarrhea that signals a condition known as pseudomembranous colitis.
  • Do not take clarithromycin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Biaxin with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Biaxin with the following:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Bromocriptine (Parlodel)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Ergot-based migraine drugs such as Cafergot, DHE, Sansert, and Wigraine
  • Fluconazole (Diflucan)
  • Hexobarbital
  • Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Quinidine (Quinidex)
  • Rifabutin (Mycobutin)
Overdose

After taken Biaxin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Biaxin overdose may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort


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