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Composition for MACROBID


food interaction for MACROBID

alcohol interaction for MACROBID

pregnancy interaction for MACROBID

lactation interaction for MACROBID

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Macrobid kid tablet at a fixed time.
Avoid Macrobid kid tablet with tyramine-rich food such as cheese, smoked fish, meats and some types of beer.
It is generally safe to consume alcohol with Macrobid kid tablet.
Macrobid kid tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Macrobid kid tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.




Macrobid kid tablet is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, ears, sinuses and throat. It is also used in combination with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers caused by bacteria (Helicobacter pylori).

How it works

Macrobid kid tablet belongs to class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. Macrobid kid tablet stops the production of protiens inside the bacteria thereby stopping bacterial growth.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Jaundice, Abnormal liver function tests, Blisters on skin, Altered taste, Shortness of breath, Flatulence, Headache, Heartburn, Hoarseness of voice, Yellow discoloration of skin, Yellow discoloration of eye, Chills, Fever


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Expert advice for MACROBID

  • Do not start or continue the clarithromycin tablets/suspension and consult your doctor, if you are allergic to clarithromycin or any macrolide antibiotic (ex. azithromycin,).
  • Do not start or continue the clarithromycin tablets/suspension, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Do not start or continue the clarithromycin tablets/suspension, if you develop severe or prolonged diarrhea during or after receiving clarithromycin.
  • If clarithromycin tablets make you feel dizzy, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Frequently asked questions for MACROBID


Q. Is clarithromycin a penicillin, antibiotic, or a fluoroquinolone?
Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic, not a penicillin or fluoroquinolone.
Q. Is clarithromycin safe?
Clarithromycin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take clarithromycin for bacterial vaginosis, tooth infection, bladder infection, acne and cystitis?
Clarithromycin can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis unless resistance has not been developed against clindamycin or any macrolide antibiotic (clarithromycin, azithromycin, etc.).
Q. Is clarithromycin gluten free or contain sulfa?
Clarithromycin is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use. Clarithromycin is not a sulfa drug/does not contain sulpha.
Q. Can I take clarithromycin with amoxicillin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, metronidazole or Nyquil?
Yes clarithromycin can be taken with amoxicillin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, metronidazole or Nyquil. Always consult your physician before use.
Q. Does clarithromycin cause drowsiness, insomnia, or thrush?
Clarithromycin does not cause drowsiness when taken as prescribed. But, it may cause insomnia (sleeplessness) and thrush (infection of mouth caused by candida fungus).
Q. Does clarithromycin affect birth control?
When taken with birth control pills, clarithromycin does not affect birth control.


Content on this page was last updated on 14 March, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)