Biaxin

(clarithromycin)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Our bottom line

Biaxin (clarithromycin) is a good first-choice medicine to treat most common respiratory infections. Side-effects are common, but mild.

Quick facts about Biaxin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clarithromycin)
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Upsides

  • Good first-choice treatment for respiratory infections.
  • Compared to similar medicines, Biaxin (clarithromycin) is better tolerated.
  • Available as an extended-release pill for convenient once daily dosing and as a liquid for trouble swallowing pills.
  • Children as young as 6 months can use Biaxin (clarithromycin) safely and effectively.

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Downsides

  • Can cause changes in taste.
  • Can cause abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Biaxin (clarithromycin), can interact with other medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you are taking medicines for heart problems or gout.
  • If you have kidney or liver problems, Biaxin (clarithromycin) might not be a good option.

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How it works

Biaxin (clarithromycin) kills bacteria by stopping them from making the proteins they need to survive.

Quick facts about Biaxin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clarithromycin)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Biaxin (clarithromycin) for Infection

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Side effect rates for Biaxin (clarithromycin)

From 308 clinical trials of Biaxin when taken for infection (500 mg twice a day)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal changes in taste
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Headache

Risks and Warnings for Biaxin (clarithromycin)

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  • Biaxin (clarithromycin) can cause a severe allergic reaction. If you have difficulty breathing, swelling of face and throat, or a serious rash, stop taking Biaxin (clarithromycin) immediately and get medical attention.

Common concerns from people taking Biaxin (clarithromycin)

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Interactions
  • Biaxin (clarithromycin) can interact with colchine, lovastatin, simvastatin, quetiapine, blood thinners, and benzodiazepines. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking these medications.
  • Biaxin (clarithromycin), can interact with other medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you are taking medicines for heart problems or gout.
Food
  • Take the extended release version with food.
  • Taking the medicine with food or milk can ease any upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • Serious liver problems have come up in patients taking Biaxin (clarithromycin). If you have a lack of appetite, yellowing of eyes and skin, dark urine, itching, light colored stools, or tender abdomen, let your doctor know right away.
  • If you have kidney or liver problems, Biaxin (clarithromycin) might not be a good option.