Patient Information Sheet
This is a summary of the most important information about clarithromycin. For details, talk to your healthcare professional.
FDA ALERT [12/2005]:
This information reflects FDA’s preliminary analysis of data concerning this drug. FDA is considering, but has not reached a final conclusion about, this information. FDA intends to update this sheet when additional information or analyses become available.
What is Clarithromycin?
Clarithromycin is in a class of medicines called macrolide antibiotics. It is used to treat bacterial infections in many parts of the body such as the ears, throat, lungs, sinuses, and skin. It is used in combination with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers caused by bacteria. It is also used for the treatment and prevention of certain types of mycobacterial infections. Clarithromycin does not work for viral infections such as the common cold or flu.
Who Should Not Take Clarithromycin?
Do not take clarithromycin if you are allergic to clarithromycin or any of the other macrolide antibiotics such as erythromycin or azithromycin.
What are The Risks?
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you get any of them, call your doctor right away:
Other side effects: Some common, but less serious side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, abnormal taste, stomach pain, and headache.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Professional?
Before you start taking clarithromycin, tell your healthcare professional if you:
Are There Any Interactions With Drugs or Foods?
Clarithromycin and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.
Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?
Date created: December 8, 2005
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