Biaxin is a macrolide antibiotic. Also known as clarithromycin, Biaxin combat against many Gram-positive and Gram- negative bacteria in the body.
Indications of Biaxin
Biaxin is used in the treatment of n number of bacterial infections. It is indicated in:
- Skin infections
- Strep throat
- It is also indicated for use in several infections caused due to bartonella cryptosporidiosis
- Infections of respiratory system (both upper and lower respiratory tract infections).
- Cat scratch disease
- It is also indicated in the treatment of duodenal ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria in conjunction with other medications.
- Biaxin is also indicated to bacterial endocarditis in the patients who are allergic to penicillin.
- It is used in conjunction with other drugs in Lyme disease and also in toxoplasmosis
- It is also used in many soft tissue infections.
Contraindications of Biaxin
Biaxin is strictly contraindicated in the patients who suffer from serious life- threatening heart rhythm disorders, hypokalaemia (lower levels of potassium in the blood), history of Long QT syndrome, a history of jaundice or hepatic problems that occurred by the use of Biaxin, renal or hepatic disease and if you are consuming colchicines.
Drug Interactions with Biaxin
There are many drugs that cause life- threatening interactions with clarithromycin. It causes dangerous side- effects if taken with drugs like:
- Simvastatin or lovastatin
- Dihydroergotamine or ergotamine
You must inform your doctor if you take any of these medications or have earlier taken any of these medications.
Side- Effects of Biaxin
The side- effects caused by Biaxin include:
- Severe stomach pain
- Bloody or watery diarrhea
- Allergic reactions manifesting as hives, swelling on lips, throat, face and tongue and difficulty in breathing. Rush to the doctor if you see any of these signs.
- Headache along with dizziness, fast heartbeats, fainting, short breath and chest pain.
- Renal problems like little or no urine, swelling on feet and ankles, difficult or painful micturation, short breath and fatigue.
- Hearing problems
- Hepatic problems like abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, clay- colored stool, dark urine, and jaundice.
- Skin reactions along with fever, swelling on face or tongue, sore throat, skin pain, burning in eyes, purple or red rashes on skin, particularly on upper body as well as face. These rashes often result in blistering and peeling.
- Older adults who take Biaxin may have to face severe side- effects like life- threatening rapid heart rate.
- Fever, body ache, symptoms of flu, coughing and swollen glands.
- Bad taste in mouth