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U.S. Brand Names
Biaxin®; Biaxin® XL
Canadian Brand Names
Apo-Clarithromycin®; Biaxin®; Biaxin® XL; Mylan-Clarithromycin; PMS-Clarithromycin; ratio-Clarithromycin; Sandoz-Clarithromycin
Mexican Brand Names
Adel; Gervaken; Klaricid ; Klarmyn; Krobicin; Neo-Clarosip; Rolicytin
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to clarithromycin or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• Long-acting products: If you have a narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract or an intestinal blockage.
How does it work?
• Clarithromycin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.
How is it best taken?
• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.
• Take liquid (suspension) or tablets with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
• Take long-acting products with food. Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
• Protect from light.
• Protect granules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
• Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 2 weeks.
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
Created: 2005-04-07 16:29:02.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:17:03.0
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