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    Information about Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin uses

    Clarithromycin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections. It is used in infections of tonsils, sinus, ear, nose, throat, skin and soft tissues, windpipe and lungs (pneumonia).

    How clarithromycin works

    Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It stops bacterial growth by inhibiting synthesis of essential proteins, which are required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.

    Common side effects of clarithromycin

    Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Allergy

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    Expert advice for Clarithromycin

    • Clarithromycin will cure your infection and improve symptoms.
    • It may cause an upset stomach. If this happens to you, take it with food.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete.
    • Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
    • Do not take antacids 2 hours before or after taking Clarithromycin.

    Frequently asked questions for Clarithromycin


    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 23 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)