What is Clamycin (Clarithromycin) used for?
Clamycin (Clarithromycin) is an oral macrolide antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. The medication operates by slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to control or destroy the infection naturally. It is commonly used to treat infections affecting the lungs, respiratory tract, urinary tract, middle ear, skin, soft tissues, or to eliminate Helicobacter pylori bacteria in patients with a peptic ulcer. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Clamycin (Clarithromycin)?
Clamycin (Clarithromycin) should always be used according to your physician's directions to get the most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered twice each day, but the best dosage will be determined by the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not split or crush the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Clamycin (Clarithromycin)?
Side effects that may occur in some patients using Clamycin (Clarithromycin) include:
Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as faintness, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, swollen glands, fever, sensitive skin, easier bruising, confusion, urinary retention, tinnitus, severe skin reactions, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require changes to your dosage, application frequency, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases to prevent further problems from occurring.
Clamycin (Clarithromycin) should not be used by patients who are allergic to macrolide antibiotics, lactose intolerant, or children under the age of twelve. Also inform your physician if you have an irregular heart rate, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function as these conditions may result in unexpected problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Clamycin (Clarithromycin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.