Precautions and Warnings With Clarithromycin
Who Should Not Take Clarithromycin?You should not take clarithromycin if you:
- Are allergic to Biaxin, clarithromycin, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients. You should not take clarithromycin if you have had an allergic reaction to any other macrolide antibiotic, such as erythromycin (Ery-Tab®).
- Have had liver problems with clarithromycin in the past.
- Take any of the following medications:
- Cisapride (Propulsid®)
- Colchicine (Colcrys®), if you have liver or kidney problems
- Dihydroergotamine (Migranal®)
- Ergotamine (Bellamine S, Cafergot®, Ergomar®)
- Lovastatin (Altoprev®, Mevacor®) or combination medications that contain lovastatin (Advicor®)
- Pimozide (Orap®)
- Simvastatin (Zocor®) or combination medications that contain simvastatin (Vytorin® or Simcor®).
Precautions and Warnings With Clarithromycin: Final Thoughts
There are a number of situations in which clarithromycin should not be taken, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before taking the medication. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific precautions and warnings with clarithromycin that may apply to you.