What is Claribid (Clarithromycin) used for?
Claribid (Clarithromycin) is an oral macrolide antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. The medication slows or stops the reproduction of bacteria cells making it easier to control or destroy the infection. This makes it useful for treating infections of the urinary tract, middle ear, respiratory tract, soft tissues, skin, or to eradicate Helicobacter pylori affecting patients with peptic ulcers. Your physician may prescribe the medication to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Claribid (Clarithromycin)?
Claribid (Clarithromycin) is normally taken twice daily at a dosage of one tablet for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks, but your particular directions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, but a snack or meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Do not stop using the medication before being told to do so as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Never change the form of the tablets prior to use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Claribid (Clarithromycin)?
The use of Claribid (Clarithromycin) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe headaches, faintness, irregular heartbeats, trouble breathing, flu symptoms, severe diarrhea that is watery or bloody, confusion, tinnitus, unusual weight gain, or a severe skin reaction. Immediately inform your physician about any severe or worrying symptoms you experience while using the medication to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage or frequency of administration to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Claribid (Clarithromycin) if you are allergic to macrolide antibiotics, fructose intolerant, or if the patient being treated is under the age of twelve. You are also suggested to disclose if you have an irregular heart rate, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Claribid (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.