Biaxin is a brand name for the antibiotic clarithromycin.
How It Works
Clarithromycin, the active ingredient in Biaxin, is a macrolide antibiotic. These antibiotics can bind to the RNS in bacterial cells and disrupt protein synthesis. When normal functions of the cells are obstructed, the bacteria eventually die and the body is cleared of the infection.
Biaxin is commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections mainly affecting the skin and respiratory system. It’s usually prescribed for strep throat, pneumonia, skin infections and Lyme disease.
In some cases, Biaxin may be used in combination with other medications to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori.
Biaxin is available as an oral pill or an oral suspension liquid.
The dosage of Biaxin will vary depending on the type of infection you are suffering from. Physicians usually consider body weight and previous medical history when prescribing the best dosage to treat the problem.
Your doctor will prescribe you a dosage of Biaxin and a time period for taking it. You must follow these instructions exactly as the doctor tells you to. Your doctor may instruct you to gradually start increasing the dosage. Otherwise, do not change the dosage requirement.
Swallow Biaxin pills whole without breaking, chewing or crushing. When taking the oral liquid form of Biaxin, use a precise measuring device to calculate the correct dose as the doctor has prescribed.
You can take Biaxin tablets with or without food, or unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Some forms of Biaxin, like the extended release tablets, should be taken without food.
It’s recommended to take Biaxin up to a week or as long as the doctor prescribes. Do not stop your treatment early or the infection might return.
Do not take double doses of Biaxin if you miss a dose. Take missed doses as soon as you remember. Skip a missed dose if the next dose is due soon.
Biaxin may cause one or more of the following side effects:
Dysgeusia (a foul, salty, rancid, or metallic taste in the mouth)
Fever or chills
Lower back or side pain
Painful or difficult urination
Tell your doctor if the above side effects persist for more than a week or gets worse as the treatment continues. You must tell your doctor if the treatment does not improve your symptoms in two or three days.
Side effects other than the ones listed above may occur. In that case, you must immediately inform your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder, a history of Long QT syndrome, low levels of potassium in blood, jaundice, liver problems caused by taking antibiotics, or a history of liver or kidney disease. Biaxin may not be safe to use for you.
Biaxin should not be taken with colchicines. Ask your doctor if any other type of medication you are taking may react dangerously with Biaxin.
Take Biaxin doses in evenly spaced out intervals to get the most benefit.
Do not store Biaxin liquid bottles in the refrigerator. Store the medicine at room temperature in a cool, dry place.