Compare Biaxin vs. Bactrim

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Biaxin
(clarithromycin)

Bactrim
(sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim)

Coming soon.Kills bacteria. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.
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Best available price for 20 (500mg) tablets of clarithromycin
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Best available price for 20 (800mg/160mg) tablets of sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim
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Reviews for Biaxin (clarithromycin)
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Reviews for Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim)
59%
-41% worse vs. Biaxin (clarithromycin)
49%
-51% worse vs. Biaxin (clarithromycin)
22%
+11% better vs. Biaxin (clarithromycin)
473 reviews
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Side effects
BiaxinBactrim

We haven’t found good data for Biaxin side effects.

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How it works
BiaxinBactrim
Coming soon.Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is a combination antibiotic that contains sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. It kills bacteria.
Type of medication
BiaxinBactrim
Prescription only
Available as
BiaxinBactrim
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
BiaxinBactrim
  • Acute Infective Exacerbation Of Chronic Bronchitis Acute Otitis Media Community Acquired Pneumonia Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Prophylaxis HIV Infection Duodenal Ulcer Disease Helicobacter Pylori Gastrointestinal Tract Infection Infection Of Skin AND OR Subcutaneous Tissue
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    • Elderly
    • Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
    Detailed Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    BiaxinBactrim
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) can harm your kidneys, especially if you're taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers like Motrin or Advil or other medicines that also affect your kidneys. Make sure to drink plenty of water or fluids while you're taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim).
    Upsides and benefits
    BiaxinBactrim
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    • Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
    • Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
    Downsides and risks
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    • Makes you sensitive to the sun.
    • Can upset your stomach
    • Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
    • May cause birth defects
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) exactly the way your doctor tells you.
    • Can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun or wear protection while under the sun.
    • Drink plenty of water or liquids while on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) to avoid harming your kidneys.
    • Can cause upset stomach.
    • Can cause an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor if you notice skin rash or swelling of your face.
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