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What is Clarithromycin 250mg used for?

Clarithromycin 250mg is an antibiotic prescribed to treat/prevent a wide variety of bacterial infections, which include strep throat, sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infections, lung infections, as well as skin infections such as impetigo. This medication works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Clarithromycin 250mg?

Like other medicines, Clarithromycin 250mg can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Clarithromycin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Clarithromycin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Clarithromycin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Clarithromycin can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, and change in taste. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are shortness of breath, dark urine, clay-colored stools, uneven heartbeats, chest pain, and skin rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Clarithromycin.

What is the recommended dosage of Clarithromycin?

The dosage of Clarithromycin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Clarithromycin. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

The recommended dose of Clarithromycin is between 250 mg and 500 mg. Take this medication with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Clarithromycin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Clarithromycin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Clarithromycin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Clarithromycin, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

What other drugs could interact with Clarithromycin 250mg?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Clarithromycin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Clarithromycin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Clarithromycin can interact with blood thinners, cholesterol-lowering medicines, heart rhythm medicines, sedatives, and seizure medicines.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Clarithromycin 250mg tablet?

Is it possible for me to take Clarithromycin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Clarithromycin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Clarithromycin?
How will Clarithromycin work in my body?
How should Clarithromycin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Clarithromycin drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Clarithromycin, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast feeding. Also, inform your doctor if you have kidney disease and liver disease.


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