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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Clarithromycin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Clarithromycin at regular intervals as instructed. Take it at the same time each day. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
If you have been given tablets, swallow them whole with plenty of water. You may take them with or without food.
If you have been given extended-release tablets, take them together with food or immediately after a meal. Swallow them whole, do not cut, chew or crush these extended-release tablets.
If you have been given an oral suspension, shake it well before use to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose. You may take it with or without food.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you suffer from heart, liver or kidney disease.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions (breathlessness, rashes, swollen mouth or eyes) to similar antibiotics such as azithromycin, erythromycin or any other macrolide antibiotics.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Clarithromycin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the ear, nose, throat, lungs or skin
Clarithromycin can also be used to prevent infection when you undergo certain dental procedures.
Clarithromycin is also used in combination with other medicines for gastric ulcers caused by a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Clarithromycin belongs to a group of antibiotics called the macrolides.
What side effects could I experience?
You may have diarrhoea, nausea, headache, an unusual taste in the mouth, stomach pain and stomach wind while being treated with Clarithromycin. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Once you have mixed the powder with water, the oral suspension can be stored at room temperature of up to 30Â°C. Do not refrigerate it otherwise it may turn into a gel and become ineffective. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Do not take Clarithromycin with terfenadine, cisapride, pimozide, astemizole and colchicine -- alert your doctor immediately if you are taking any of these medicines.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- heart and blood pressure medicines, especially digoxin, verapamil, felodipine, quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone
- migraine medicines such as ergotamine and eletriptan
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- lovastatin and other similar cholesterol medicines
- mood medicines such as midazolam, triazolam
- rifabutin and other similar TB medicines
- epilepsy medicines such as phenytoin and carbamazepine
- antifungals such as fluconazole, itraconazole and ketoconazole
- other medicines such as ciclosporin, tacrolimus, sildenafil and similar medicines
Clarithromycin may also interact with many other medicines that are not listed here. Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.