Biaxin is a very effective antibiotic that is part of the medical community's macrolide antibiotic arsenal. Biaxin and Biaxin XL are the trade names for the generic drug Clarithromycin, and are only available by prescription.
Biaxin comes in a few different forms, including tablet and suspension form (liquid). Biaxin prescriptions are generally split into two daily doses taken twelve hours apart. The drug may be taken with or without food. Some things to note about taking the varying forms of Biaxin are:
• Biaxin is best taken with a full 8 ounces of water
• Biaxin suspension should be shaken prior to each dose
• Suspension should be accurately measured with a dosing cup, dropper, or dosing spoon that is clearly marked
• Biaxin XL 500mg is the 'extended release' tablet form of the drug; these tablets should never be broken or crushed, as this disturbs the medication delivery system of the antibiotic
• Biaxin XL should always be taken with food
Like most antibiotics, Biaxin may relieve symptoms associated with the infection before the entire dosage is completed. Infection may still be present, though, so patients should take the complete course of treatment.
Biaxin does have the potential to interact with a number of drugs and may affect the effectiveness of certain medications; likewise, the effectiveness of Biaxin may be affected by some medications. The treating physician should be told about all other medicines that are being taking (including OTC medications). A serious heart condition can result when Biaxin is taken with Terfenadine (Seldane), Pimozide (Orap), or Cisapride (Propulsid), so it is especially important to tell the doctor if these medicines are being used.
Biaxin xl 500 may be unsafe for patients who have liver or kidney disease. Biaxin may not be appropriate for these patients, or dosing may need to be monitored and/or the dosage lowered.
It is unclear if Biaxin is harmful to unborn or newborn babies. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should only take Biaxin after discussing the risks with their doctor.
As with all medications, the maximum effectiveness and safety of Biaxin use requires full disclosure to the treating physician regarding past and present medication use and medical history.
Patients should be aware that Biaxin does carry a risk for side effects and allergy, as all medications do. Any new or increased occurrence of symptoms and discomfort warrant a call to the doctor's office for further instruction.
Biaxin is a prescription antibiotic used to fight off bacteria; it is a member of the class of antibiotics called macrolide antibiotics. The generic name for Biaxin is Clarithromycin.
Medical Uses of Biaxin
Biaxin is prescribed to treat a number of bacterial infections. Among them are
• Bronchitis (including chronic flare-ups)
• Tonsillitis and Strep Throat
• Middle Ear Infections (Acute)
• Infections of the skin
• Stomach ulcers if caused by bacterial infection
Biaxin is sometimes prescribed to treat infections other than those listed in its labeling, and may be prescribed for AIDS patients to treat infections of Mycobacterium avium.
Prescription & Dosing of Biaxin
For the most effectiveness, and for the most comfort of the patient, Biaxin should be taken precisely as prescribed. Biaxin will be prescribed either in suspension (liquid) or tablet form. The liquid form of Biaxin should be shaken prior to each use. Biaxin may be taken with or without food (Biaxin XL 500mg should always be taken with food and tablets should never be crushed).
Each dose of Biaxin should be taken as follows
• With a full 8 ounce glass of water
• 2 times/day, every 12 hours (unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor)
• In carefully measured doses (suspension); Biaxin should be measured using a dosing spoon, cup, or dropper
Like other antibiotics, Biaxin may relieve major symptoms early on and patients may begin to feel significantly better, however, it is important to take the entire dose as prescribed to ensure that the infection is completely cleared.
If a dose of Biaxin is missed, it should be taken when remembered; however, if it is near time for the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular schedule resumed (do not double-dose). An overdose of Biaxin can cause extreme discomfort including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain/discomfort and should be reported to the doctor if suspected.
Biaxin Side Effects
All drugs carry the risk of side effects and allergy. If any of the following symptoms are noted, call the prescribing doctor right away for more instruction:
• Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of lips, tongue, throat, face
• Yellowing of skin or eyes
• Abdominal pain
• Abnormal bruising or bleeding
• Significant fatigue
• Nausea, vomiting
Potential for Drug Interaction
Biaxin can interact with some medications. Drug interactions with Biaxin may result in a dangerous and irregular pattern of heartbeat. Specifically, patients should not take Biaxin along with
• Cisapride (Propulsid)
• Pimozide (Orap)
• Terfenadine (Seldane)
In addition, Biaxin can affect and be affected by a number of other drugs. It is important that patients report all medications they are taking to their prescribing doctor, including both prescription and non-prescription medications.
Biaxin should be stored at room temperature, tightly closed, away from light. Biaxin 500mg suspension (liquid) should not be refrigerated.
Additional Biaxin Drug Resources
Biaxin Information from Drugs.com
Biaxin (Clarithromycin) drug description
Biaxin (Clarithromycin) drug indications and dosage
Clarithromycin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
MedlinePlus Drug Information: Clarithromycin
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