Generic Name: clarithromycin
Drug Class: macrolide antimicrobial
Biaxin is an oral prescription drug that treats mild to moderate infections caused by susceptible strains of designated microorganisms. This is prescribed to patients with community-acquired pneumonia, disseminated mycobacterial infections, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, acute maxillary sinusitis, and uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections.
Biaxin Dosage Forms
This is available in Biaxin 500 mg and 250 mg tablets.
Biaxin Mechanism of Action
It inhibits the protein synthesis in bacteria through binding to subunit 50S of the bacterial ribosome. This specific action hinders the peptidyl transferase activity and hampers amino acid translocation during the protein synthesis and translation. As a result, the growth of bacteria can be stopped.
How to Take Biaxin
Before taking Biaxin, it is necessary to read a healthcare professional’s information leaflet or medication guide. Unless you fully understand how any medication should be used, you should not take it. The pharmacist or doctor should be consulted if you need further medical advice.
Biaxin tablet is usually prescribed twice a day, at 12-hour intervals, and is only meant to be taken by mouth. It is fine to take this medication with or without food. If you experience stomach upset, take it with milk or with food. Swallow the oral tablet and drink fluids right after.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your dosage. You should also not take this oral drug more frequently than advised and never stop taking it abruptly, even if your symptoms have already improved.
Biaxin Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Changes in taste
Severe Side Effects:
-Mental or mood changes
-Severe abdominal pain
-Persistent nausea and vomiting
-Yellowish eyes and skin
-C. difficile infection
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Biaxin.
Call your doctor or any health care professional if you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions to your medication.
Warnings and Precautions when using Biaxin
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known Biaxin allergy or allergy to clarithromycin, erythromycin, azithromycin, or any inactive ingredients the tablet may contain. You should always be alert for serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of your face and neck, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, and hives/itchiness.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of heart problems, kidney disease, liver problems, and myasthenia gravis. Due to the possibility of drug interactions, you should mention all of your prescription and non-prescription medications, supplements, and herbal products.
This oral drug can cause QT prolongation, which could be considered a medical emergency. Symptoms are severe dizziness and fainting. You may prevent this by staying hydrated and avoiding water pills. You should also be monitored for low potassium and magnesium levels in the blood, as they may also lead to QT prolongation.
Unless the physician tells you to, do not get immunized or vaccinated while on this medication. Rifampicin may cause live attenuated bacterial vaccines, like typhoid vaccine or BCG, to not work well.
Pregnant moms should take this antibiotic only if needed. It is unknown if it can cause harm to unborn children. For breastfeeding moms, this drug can pass into the breastmilk. Discuss all the possible risks with your healthcare provider.
How much does Biaxin cost in Canada?
Check the top of this page to see how affordable our prices are for this medication. Generic Clarithromycin is also available for a much lower price.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Biaxin used to treat?
Biaxin (clarithromycin) is indicated in treating specific bacterial infections. This includes pneumonia, stomach ulcers, and H. pylori.
What is Biaxin drug class?
This oral medication is classified as a macrolide antimicrobial. Its mechanism focuses on stopping the growth of bacteria.
Is Biaxin a form of penicillin?
Penicillin and clarithromycin are both antibiotics. However, they belong to different antibiotic classes and have different actions.
Does Biaxin treat sinus infection?
Yes, this prescription medication is used to treat sinus infections. It is also used to treat strep throat.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Biaxin?
There is no proven interaction between Biaxin and alcohol. Alcohol will not reduce the efficacy of this medication. However, alcoholic beverages may worsen dizziness and nausea, which are among the common adverse effects of this medication.
Is Biaxin over the counter?
Biaxin antibiotic is a prescription drug. You need to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy.