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    What does Clarithromycin treat?

    Clarithromycin is an antibiotic prescribed to prevent and treat a wide range of bacterial infections. This includes medical ailments such as tonsillitis, ear infections, strep throat, sinusitis, lung infections besides skin infections such as impetigo. This may also be prescribed for certain kinds of stomach ulcers. It acts by halting the growth of bacteria. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Clarithromycin dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Consume the tablet with a full glass of water. It may be taken with or without food.

    Missed a dose?

    Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.

    Overdosed?

    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. The overdose symptoms that one may encounter are diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Clarithromycin is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Clarithromycin.

    It may interact with: 

    • Carbamazepine 
    • Fluconazole 
    • Indinavir 
    • Warfarin 

    This is not an exhaustive list though.

    Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

    Possible Side Effects

    Clarithromycin might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Clarithromycin may have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, and change in taste. Serious side effects are rare but may include shortness of breath, yellowing of eyes, slurred speech, dark urine, clay-colored stools, drooping eyelids uneven heartbeats, chest pain, and skin rash. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Clarithromycin

    • Can I take Clarithromycin along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Clarithromycin? 
    • What is the dosage of Clarithromycin to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Clarithromycin? 
    • How will Clarithromycin work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Clarithromycin be minimized or completely avoided?

    Disclaimer

    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Clarithromycin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

     

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