Clarithromycin Antibiotic Information
The antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin®) is prescribed for the treatment of various bacterial infections. For example, it can be used for conditions such as:
It is also used to prevent a serious bacterial infection that may develop in people who have advanced forms of AIDS. This medicine comes in the form of immediate-release tablets, extended-release tablets, and an oral suspension (liquid). It is generally taken once or twice a day, depending on the form you are using. Common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, and indigestion.
In order to make sure that this antibiotic is right for you, inform your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and all other medications you are taking, including nonprescription products and supplements. In addition, use clarithromycin for as long as your healthcare provider recommends. Stopping treatment too soon can lead to antibacterial resistance.
(For more information on this antibiotic, click Clarithromycin. This article tells you what you need to know about its effects in the body, dosing guidelines, and taking it safely.)