Clarithromycin (Biaxin) is a macrolide antibiotic.
Generic Name: clarithromycin
- Biaxin XL
- Macrolide antibiotic
- Pregnancy Category C
Inhibits protein synthesis in susceptible bacteria, causing cell death.
- Treatment of URIs caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, S. pneumoniae
- Treatment of LRIs caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, S. pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis
- Treatment of skin and skin-structure infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus, S. pyogenes
- Treatment of disseminated mycobacterial infections due to Myobacterium avium and M. intracellular
- Treatment of active duodenal ulcer associated with Helicobacter pylori in combination with proton pump inhibitor
- Treatment of acute otitis media, acute maxillary sinusitis due to H. influenzae, M. cararrhalis, S. pneumoniae
- Treatment of mild to moderate community-acquired pneumonia in adults
Contraindications and Cautions
- Contraindicated with hypersensitivity to clarithromycin, erythromycin, or any macrolide antibiotic.
- Use cautiously with colitis, hepatic or renal impairment, pregnancy, lactation.
Tablets—250, 500 mg; granules for suspension—125, 250 mg/5 mL; ER tablets–500 mg
- Pharyngitis, tonsillitis; pneumonia due to S. pneumoniae, M. pneumoniae; skin or skin-structure infections; LRIs due to S. pneumoniae, M. catarrhalis: 250 mg PO q 12 hr for 7–14 days.
- Acute maxillary sinusitis, LRI caused by H. influenzae: 500 mg PO q 12 hr for 7–14 days.
- Mycobacterial infections: 500 mg PO bid.
- Treatment of duodenal ulcers: 500 mg PO tid plus omeprazole 40 mg PO q AM for 14 days, then omeprazole 20 mg PO q morning for 14 days.
- Treatment of community-acquired pneumonia: 250 mg PO q 12 hr for 7–14 days or 1,000 mg PO of ER tablet q 24 hr for 7 days.
Usual dosage, 15 mg/kg/day PO q 12 hr for 10 days.
Mycobacterial infections: 7.5 mg/kg PO bid.
GERIATRIC PATIENTS OR PATIENTS WITH IMPAIRED RENAL FUNCTION
Decrease dosage or prolong dosing intervals as appropriate.
- CNS: Dizziness, headache, vertigo, somnolence, fatigue
- GI: Diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, dyspepsia, flatulence, vomiting, melena, pseudomembranous colitis
- Other: Superinfections, increased PT, decreased WBC
- Drug-drug: Increased serum levels and effects of carbamazepine, theophylline, lovastatin, phenytoin
- Drug-food: Food decreases the rate of absorption of clarithromycin but does not alter effectiveness
- Decreased metabolism and risk of toxic effects if combined with grapefruit juice; avoid this combination.
- Take drug with food if GI effects occur. Take the full course of therapy. Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking this drug.
- Shake suspension before use; do not refrigerate; do not cut, crush, or chew ER tablets; swallow them whole.
- You may experience these side effects: Stomach cramping, discomfort, diarrhoea; fatigue, headache (medication may be ordered); additional infections in the mouth or vagina (consult with care provider for treatment).
- Report severe or watery diarrhoea, severe nausea or vomiting, rash or itching, mouth sores, vaginal sores.