Drug Class: What is Biaxin and why is it prescribed?
Biaxin Mechanism: How does Biaxin work?
Biaxin Dosage: How should you take Biaxin
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Biaxin
Special information on Biaxin
Biaxin side effects
|Drug Class: What is Biaxin and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Biaxin, an antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin, is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, including:
Generic Biaxin is also prescribed to treat infections of the skin. Combined with Prilosec or Prevacid and amoxicillin, Generic Biaxin is used to cure ulcers near the exit from the stomach (duodenal ulcers) caused by H. pylori bacteria.
Generic Biaxin can also be prescribed to combat Mycobacterium avium infections in people with AIDS.
Generic Biaxin is available in tablet and suspension form, and in extended-release tablets (Generic Biaxin XL). The extended-release form is used only for sinus inflammation and flare-ups of bronchitis.
|Biaxin Mechanism: How does Biaxin work?|
|Generic Biaxin (Clarithromycin) is a semi- synthetic macrolide antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin. Generic Biaxin is effective against a wide variety of bacteria organisms, such as Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and mycobacterium avium, and many others.
Generic Biaxin (Clarithromycin) prevents bacteria from growing, by interfering with their protein synthesis. Generic Biaxin (Clarithromycin) binds to the subunit 50S of the bacterial ribosome, and thus inhibits the translocation of peptides.
|Biaxin Dosage: How should you take Biaxin|
|Take the Generic Biaxin medication exactly as prescribed, and be sure to continue taking it for the full course of treatment.
The usual dose varies from 250 to 500 milligrams every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days. You may take Generic Biaxin suspension or tablets with or without food
500 milligrams of Generic Biaxin, 30 milligrams of Prevacid, and 1 gram Amoxicillin every 12 hours for 10 or 14 days.
500 milligrams of Generic Biaxin, 20 milligrams of Prilosec, and 1 gram Amoxicillin every 12 hours for 10 days. Some patients need to continue taking 20 milligrams of Prilosec on a once-daily basis for an additional 18 days.
500 milligrams of Generic Biaxin every 8 hours plus 40 milligrams of Prilosec every morning for 14 days. Some patients need to continue taking Prilosec at a reduced dosage of 20 milligrams once a day for an additional 14 days.
500 milligrams of Generic Biaxin every 8 or 12 hours plus 400 milligrams of Tritec every 12 hours for 14 days.
Mycobacterium Avium infections: For prevention or treatment, the recommended dose is 500 milligrams twice a day.
The dose for children older than 6 months depends on how much the child weighs. Generic Biaxin is usually given twice a day for 10 days.
Generic Biaxin XL should always be taken with food. Do not chew or crush Generic Biaxin XL tablets.
Sinusitis: The usual dosage is 1000 milligrams once a day for 14 days.
Bronchitis or pneumonia: The usual dosage is 1000 milligrams once a day for 7 days.
Generic Biaxin Overdose
Symptoms of Generic Biaxin overdose may include:
If you miss a Generic Biaxin dose:
Generic Biaxin Storage instructions:
Generic Biaxin Preparations:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Biaxin|
If Generic Biaxin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either can be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Biaxin with the following:
|Special information on Biaxin|
|Most important fact about Generic Biaxin
Generic Biaxin, like any other antibiotic, works best when there is a constant amount of drug in the blood. To keep the amount constant, try not to miss any doses.
Special Precautions if you are pregnant or breast feeding
Special warnings about Generic Biaxin
Like other antibiotics, Generic Biaxin may cause a potentially life-threatening form of diarrhea that signals a condition called pseudomembranous colitis (inflammation of the large intestine). Mild diarrhea, a fairly common Generic Biaxin side effect, may disappear as your body gets used to the drug. However, if Generic Biaxin gives you prolonged or severe diarrhea, stop taking Generic Biaxin and call your doctor immediately.
Do not take Generic Biaxin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it, or if you are sensitive to it or erythromycin, or similar antibiotics such as Tao and Zithromax. Also avoid Generic Biaxin if you have a heart condition or an imbalance in the bodys water and minerals; and do not take the drug while taking Orap, Propulsid, or Seldane.
|Biaxin side effects|
Side effects of Generic Biaxin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor immediately. Only your doctor can determine whether it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Biaxin.
More common side effects of Generic Biaxin may include:
Less common side effects of Generic Biaxin may include:
Rare common side effects of Generic Biaxin may include:
Side effects of Generic Biaxin XL are generally milder than those of regular Generic Biaxin. They may include diarrhea, abnormal taste, and nausea.
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