used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication can
also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat
certain types of stomach ulcers. It may also be used to prevent
certain bacterial infections. Clarithromycin is known as a macrolide
antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral
infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when
it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache,
and changes in taste may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell
your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has
judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many
people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: hearing
loss, mental/mood changes, muscle weakness, eye problems (such
as drooping eyelids, blurred vision), slurred speech, persistent
nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing
of eyes or skin.
medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium
difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This
condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has
stopped. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea,
abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.
not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have any of
these symptoms because these products may make them worse.
of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or
a new yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in
your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including:
severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat.
very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get
medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic
reaction, including: fever that doesnt go away, new or worsening lymph
node swelling, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat),
severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects
not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
taking clarithromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
allergic to it; or to other macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin, azithromycin);
or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive
ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your
pharmacist for more details.
using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: liver disease (including liver problems with
past clarithromycin use), kidney disease, heart disease (coronary
artery disease, heart attack), a certain type of muscle disease (myasthenia
may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT
prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal)
fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting)
that need medical attention right away.
risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions
or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using
clarithromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if
you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart
failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of
certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may
also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use
certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have
conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk
to your doctor about using clarithromycin safely.
may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine)
to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while
using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products
you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal
adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially hearing
loss and QT prolongation (see above).
this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and
benefits with your doctor.
medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before
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