Clarithromycin is an antibiotic commonly prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections. As a macrolide, this medicine works to stop bacteria from growing and multiplying in the body by decreasing the bacteria's ability to make protein. Clarithromycin is typically taken once or twice a day and comes in several forms. Side effects may include nausea, indigestion, and diarrhea.

What Is Clarithromycin?

Clarithromycin (Biaxin®) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat a variety of different infections. It is also approved to prevent Mycobacterium avium, a complex disease (a serious bacterial infection) that can develop in people who have advanced AIDS. A long-acting form of clarithromycin is also available.
(Click What Is Clarithromycin Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with clarithromycin. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the common side effects include but are not limited to:
(Click Clarithromycin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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