What is Clarithromycin?

Clarithromycin is a prescription drug used for the prevention of a wide range of bacterial infections

Clarithromycin Uses

This medicine can also be used to treat many kinds of stomach ulcers in combination with anti-ulcer drugs.

It can also be used to avoid such infections caused by bacteria.

Clarithromycin is used as an antibiotic macrolide.

It is used for preventing bacteria from developing.

How to consume

  • Take this medicine by mouth, as prescribed by your doctor, with or without food usually every 12 hours.
  • You can take it with food or milk if a stomach upset occurs.
  • Take this antibiotic at uniformly spaced times for the best effect.
  • This medication should be consumed at the same time every day.
  • The dosage and duration of therapy is completely dependent on your medical condition and treatment reaction.
  • In infants, the dose can also be weight-based.

Things to remember before taking

  • Skipping dosage can also raise the risk of more antibiotic-resistant infection.
  • A respiratory illness such as a common cold or flu would not be treated with this drug.
  • If you are allergic to clarithromycin or related antibiotics, you should not take this drug if you have ever had jaundice or liver complications caused by taking this medicine.

Dangerous side effects of Clarithromycin

  • There may cause diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Change in taste
  • Inform your physician or pharmacist immediately if any of these symptoms occurs.

To ensure that this drug is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had any of the following:

  • Heart issues;
  • Long QT syndrome (in you or a member of the family)
  • A Disease of coronary arteries (clogged arteries)
  • Gravis' myasthenia
  • Infection of the liver
  • Renal disease Or diabetes
  • An imbalance of electrolytes (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood).
  • Key facts:
    • Clarithromycin tablets should usually be taken twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening.
    • Some individuals take clarithromycin tablets that are slow-release. These are administered once a day.
    • For most infections, within a couple of days, you should feel better.
    • Feeling illness, stomach cramps, and diarrhea are the most common side effects of clarithromycin.
    • Twice a day the usual dose of clarithromycin is 250mg to 500mg.
    • For children and if you have kidney problems, the dosage could be lower.
    • Twice a day the usual dose of clarithromycin is 250mg to 500mg.
    • If slow-release or changed release tablets are prescribed by your doctor, the dosage is Clarithromycin500 mg once a day. Slowly, these tablets release the drug, which ensures that 1 dose a day is adequate.
    • Every day, try to take your medication at the same time.

Clarithromycin Gel

Gel is an antibiotic used to treat skin infections caused by bacteria. It is used to treat bacterial skin infections such as acne, which occur on your face, chest, or back as spots or pimples. It functions by inhibiting bacteria growth and preventing the spread of the infection.


  • Gel is intended for external use only and should be used according to your doctor's advice.
  • Until adding a thin layer of the medication, you should usually wash and dry the infected region.
  • It should not be applied to skin that is broken or damaged.
  • Avoid eye, nose, or mouth touch. If you get it accidentally in these places, rinse it off with water.
  • Our symptoms may take several weeks to improve, but you should continue to use this medication regularly.
  • As soon as the acne starts to get better, do not stop using it.


  • Make sure you are not allergic to antibiotics.
  • Some inactive ingredients present in this substance may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • speak to your pharmacist
  • Do not use this medicine during the pregnancy period
  • Consult a doctor before consuming


Consult a doctor if someone has overdosed and has extreme symptoms, such as passing out or difficulty breathing. Otherwise, immediately contact a poison control center.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is clarithromycin the same as amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic called penicillin. Clarithromycin is an antibiotic made from macrolides. In the body, these antibiotics combat bacteria.
Amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and omeprazole are combination drugs used to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection (H. pylori).
For reasons not specified in this drug guide, amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and omeprazole can also be used

What type of bacteria does clarithromycin treat?

Clarithromycin is a kind of antibiotic that is used to treat lung infections such as pneumonia, ear infections, and skin problems such as cellulitis. Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers, is also used to get rid of them.

Can you take clarithromycin on an empty stomach?

This medicine is mostly taken with meals, one can take it with or without meals.

How long does clarithromycin stay in your body?

Clarithromycin 500 mg stays around 8 to 12 hours in our body.

Can clarithromycin cause anxiety?

Yes, it may cause you anxiety sometimes. Rare and common both can be possible.

What are the common side effects of clarithromycin?

Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nausea, Heartburn, Stomach pain, Headache, No taste

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