What Is Clarithromycin Used For?

How Does It Work?

Clarithromycin belongs to a group of medications known as macrolides. It works by binding to bacterial ribosomes, which are protein "factories" inside bacteria. By binding to these ribosomes, the medication interferes with the production of proteins, inhibiting bacterial growth and multiplication.

Clarithromycin Use in Children

This medication has not been shown to be safe and effective in infants less than six months of age. It is approved for use in older infants and children.

Off-Label Clarithromycin Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend clarithromycin for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. It is frequently used off-label to treat many other types of infections, particularly if they are caused by bacteria that are susceptible to clarithromycin. Also, using the medication to prevent (instead of treat) any type of infection other than Mycobacterium avium complex is considered an off-label use.
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