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Clarithromycin Topical



Clarithromycin topical is applied locally to treat infections of the skin and skin structures such as acne (pimples), and other bacterial infections of skin.

How it works

Clarithromycin belongs to class of medications called as macrolide antibiotics. Clarithromycin inhibits bacterial protein synthesis, thereby stopping microbial growth.

Common side effects

Skin irritation, Dry skin, Itching, Skin redness, Skin swelling, Skin discolouration, Injection site bruise


Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have, or are prone to, fungal infections (e.g. thrush).
  • Avoid direct contact of the gel/lotion with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to clarithromycin or to any of its ingredient.

Frequently asked questions

Clarithromycin Topical

Q. Is clarithromycin a penicillin, antibiotic, or a fluoroquinolone?
Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic, not a penicillin or fluoroquinolone.
Q. Is clarithromycin topical safe?
Clarithromycin topical is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Q. Can I take clarithromycin topical for acne?
Clarithromycin topical can be used to treat acne if prescribed by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)