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

    Available Medicine for Clarithromycin

    • ₹97 to ₹179
      Mankind Pharma Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹876
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹120 to ₹212
      Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹126 to ₹481
      Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹109 to ₹193
      Cipla Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹90 to ₹267
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹152 to ₹254
      Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹192 to ₹500
      Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹148 to ₹470
      Micro Labs Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹115 to ₹220
      Morepen Laboratories Ltd
      4 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Clarithromycin

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Clarithromycin immediately and consult your doctor.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop a rash or other unexpected symptoms.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with liver problems.

    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.)
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    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 15 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)