About Clarithromycin

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About Clarithromycin

Clarithromycin is used in bacterial infections by bacteria susceptible to clarithromycin, including streptococci. These include bacterial inflammations of the respiratory tract and the ear, nose and throat, such as:

  • Bronchial infections such as acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis
  • pneumonia
  • sinusitis and runny nose
  • Oral and pharyngeal infections.
  • Tonsillitis.

Clarithromycin is also used in some skin infections and soft tissue infections. These include

    • Pus (Impetigo)
    • erysipelas
    • Hair follicles (folliculitis) or follicles (boils)
    • Pus (abscesses)
    • wound infections.

In addition, clarithromycin is used when a more suitable antibiotic can no longer be used due to an incompatibility of the drug or the drug class. The same applies if the infection-causing bacteria have become resistant to these active substances. This may be the case with tonsillitis caused by streptococci, but also with moderate skin infections that no longer respond to penicillins. In addition, clarithromycin is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, a common gastrointestinal bacterium. Here, the drug is administered together with omeprazole and amoxicillin or metronidazole.

Clarithromycin is used preventively in patients suffering from AIDS or other immunodeficiency diseases because of its good activity against mycobacteria (a combination of bacteria and fungi).

Clarithromycin is predominantly used in tablet form, but can also be given parenterally, ie as an injection or infusion, directly into the bloodstream.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

      • treat bacterial infections

This is how Clarithromycin works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of clarithromycin.
Please also read the information on the drug classes macrolide antibiotics, antibiotics, to which the active ingredient clarithromycin belongs.

Areas of application of the active substance clarithromycin

Clarithromycin is used in bacterial infections by bacteria susceptible to clarithromycin, including streptococci. These include bacterial inflammations of the respiratory tract and the ear, nose and throat, such as:

      • Bronchial infections such as acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis
      • pneumonia
      • sinusitis and runny nose
      • Oral and pharyngeal infections.
      • Tonsillitis.

Clarithromycin is also used in some skin infections and soft tissue infections. These include

      • Pus (Impetigo)
      • erysipelas
      • Hair follicles (folliculitis) or follicles (boils)
      • Pus (abscesses)
      • wound infections.

In addition, clarithromycin is used when a more suitable antibiotic can no longer be used due to an incompatibility of the drug or the drug class. The same applies if the infection-causing bacteria have become resistant to these active substances. This may be the case with tonsillitis caused by streptococci, but also with moderate skin infections that no longer respond to penicillins. In addition, clarithromycin is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, a common gastrointestinal bacterium. Here, the drug is administered together with omeprazole and amoxicillin or metronidazole.

Clarithromycin is used preventively in patients suffering from AIDS or other immunodeficiency diseases because of its good activity against mycobacteria (a combination of bacteria and fungi).

Clarithromycin is predominantly used in tablet form, but can also be given parenterally, ie as an injection or infusion, directly into the bloodstream.

For the following uses of Clarithromycin , in-depth information is available:

        • Gastric and duodenal ulcers
        • pneumonia
        • skin infections
        • Streptococcal infections
        • tonsillitis

Cold, sinusitis

        • chronic bronchitis
        • otitis media
        • inflammation
        • Inflammation of the oropharynx
        • acute bronchitis
        • Wound care and wound care

Mode of action of clarithromycin

Clarithromycin belongs to the group of macrolide antibiotics. The active ingredient can both inhibit bacteria in their multiplication (bacteriostatic effect) and kill (bactericidal effect). This antibacterial effect of clarithromycin is based on an inhibition of protein production of the pathogens. It is highly effective against a variety of pathogens, both aerobic (air-breathing) and anaerobic (not air-breathing) strains of various groups (gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria).

Clarithromycin is less decomposed by gastric acidity than the older erythromycin. So Clarithromycin can achieve a higher effect at the same dose, although it only half as much bactericidal effect.

Potential Clarithromycin side effects may include:

Clarithromycin used to treat the following diseases:

  1. Eugenia J. McKeever says:
    2.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Bronchitis (acute)

    After the 3rd day amoxicillin total inflammation of the oral mucosa with blistering to the pharynx. Shortness of breath and then with an ambulance in the university clinic Cologne. Therapy with cortisone and Avalox.

    Side effects: Allergic reaction
  2. Marion S. Freund says:
    3.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Bronchitis (acute)

    After 3 tablets, (per day 2) severe hives, swelling of the face and neck, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. After almost two weeks still after effects and allergic reactions. Teufelzueg should be taken off the market

    Side effects: Allergic reaction
  3. Carole W. Mizrahi says:
    3.5 rating

    I have already felt severe side effects after a short time. Muscle weakness, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, dizziness, tingling, restlessness, anxiety and insomnia. If I did not have to take the antibiotic, I would have discontinued it after just 2 days. I hope the effect is optimal, that it is well worth the effort.

  4. Madeline T. Boling says:
    3.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Pharyngitis

    I have only been taking them for two days and every time I break a strong bitter taste. Disgusting!

  5. Cheryl C. Dejesus says:
    2.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Tonsillitis

    On the third day after taking I got a tingling sensation in the fingertips and the soles of the feet, sometimes with really severe pain, since my doctor is no longer there, I phoned the pharmacy and should stop the drug once, hold a consultation with the doctor tomorrow!

    Side effects: Sensation disorders
  6. Annie D. Blanchette says:
    5.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Bronchitis (acute)

    After taking it for the second time, 2-3 hours after taking it, I got more pain in the thigh muscles and pain in the knee joints, similar to earlier growth pains. So I had to take painkillers to sleep. Added to this was insomnia and a kind of Aufdreheitheit ……. In addition, I had a changed hearing. That is, dishes clattering was ringing loud, etc. …. After consultation with the doctor, I discontinued the drug after 5 days.

    Side effects: Sensation disorders; Insomnia
  7. Jonathan L. Sumter says:
    3.0 rating

    The antibiotic is not recommended, because you get pretty violent stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc. It took 3 days and never again

  8. Deborah B. Demello says:
    4.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Helicobacter pylori gastritis

    The first time I took the two pills (1xAmoxicillin 1000mg + 1xClarithromycin) only once at lunchtime. After about 5 hours I felt weak, I had a fever to 38.4 (after 6-7 hours it was better) and my lymph nodes have gradually become thick. Especially behind the ears they were so swollen that it hurt. In addition, my eyes hurt inside, and that took about 1 week. Unfortunately, it took months until my lymph nodes were okay again. I went to the hospital, did a lot of tests, the doctors said it was not an allergic reaction, because I had no Hautroetungen or something. Should continue with the therapy even the next day. I did not do that. I tried again after two months … unfortunately. The result was bad. There were exactly the same side effects as the first time. Now after a one-year break, I’ll try a different combination. Hope it works…

    Side effects: Fever
  9. Eric A. Westbrooks says:
    3.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Bronchitis (acute)

    I got bronchitis in March and got prescribed this medicine by the doctor. Gradually, I have completely lost my sense of smell, my skin has become dust-dry and my sense of taste is gone, I just taste more of a metallic taste all the time. My noses and oral mucous membranes have completely dried up! Today was at my family doctor (10.4) and have told him that, but he hardly wanted to hear anything of all this. Just got a referral to the ENT doctor and x-ray. I am fully aware that this drug is the cause of these complaints – clarithromycin 500mg fim tablets! My question now is if anyone knows how to get rid of these side effects of this drugI would absolutely NOT recommend this medication because these side effects are unreasonable and I do not know how long they will last! If somebody knows or knows something, then please ask for help, because the poor people only want to make their money with it anyway!

    Side effects: Smell and taste; Metal taste
  10. Yolonda L. Ortez says:
    4.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Whooping cough

    Already after the first intake I noticed a very unpleasant bitter taste in the mouth. Two days later, I lose my sense of taste and smell. After consultation with an internist, I stopped taking it. By that time, I had already taken 12 tablets. This is now 1 1/2 weeks ago and I still taste and smell nothing. The wife of the doctor who treated her made the same experience with clarithromycin. The loss of the sense of smell has lasted for 3 years.

    Side effects: Smell and taste
  11. Tyler B. Mitchell says:
    1.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Pharyngitis

    Clarithromycin only three days (2x a day) taken. Within a short amount of time, I got a lot of abdominal pain, a change in my sense of smell, anxiety and dizziness. I advise everyone from this drug! I’ve never had such symptoms before, so I assume it’s related to taking this drug. In addition, the symptoms slowly resolved after about four days.

  12. Cherry K. Wilson says:
    2.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Otitis

    Carnival I had a severe flu with bronchitis, Neben- and Stirnhöhlenvereiterung and middle ear infection. My ENT doctor told me about clarithromycin. I took it for 3 weeks. After a few days, some things no longer tasted to me. A little later some things smelled different. Disgusting a taste and smell I had never noticed. Unfortunately, it is not gone until today. I can hardly eat fruit. I can not drink any more mineral water, apple juice spritzer, wine or champagne. The shampoo I always take smells disgusting to me. How long does such a side effect last?

  13. Barry N. Wadsworth says:
    2.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Difficulties swallowing; Cold

    After my wife initially suffered from a flu-like effect on head and neck pain and a strong cough, the symptoms came to my notice a week later; only that my swallowing and speaking difficulties were even more pronounced. Two tablets Clarithromycin HEXAL (one in the morning the second evening) relieved the symptoms on the first day. The drug was taken by both of us for five days. After that we had to realize that the sense of smell and taste had completely disappeared and so far has not returned. If odor and taste return, I would love to tell you. The instruction leaflet did point out possible changes in the sense of taste and smell; If you had warned against odor and loss of taste there, we would never have taken the medicine. (Data about my wife: born: 1937, 172 cm / 70 kg.)

  14. Josephine G. Holt says:
    3.5 rating

    Clarithromycin for Bronchitis (acute)

    Amoxicillin 1000 mg fever subsided, coughing less, but the body including legs (to knee) full of red itchy pustules!

    Side effects: Itching rash
  15. Gilda J. Hanley says:
    4.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Lung infection

    I was prescribed because of known penicillin allergy extra antibiotic without penicillin. Had from the beginning an unpleasant taste in the mouth until about 4-5 hours after taking persisted. This did not bother me, however, because it otherwise very well and quickly worked After a week, unfortunately, I have also developed an allergy to ckarithromycin, having a very itchy rash all over my body.

    Side effects: Itching rash
  16. Robert B. Burden says:
    4.5 rating

    Have for 2 weeks cough and runny nose with yellow secretions. When headache and fever occurred, I went to the doctor and got clarithromycin. Positive It works and I have no intestinal trouble, as usual with antibiotic. Dizziness and nausea on the first night, which according to the doctor may also be due to the disease. Should continue to take the drug. On 3 days itching and burning pustules on the hands, soles and face, especially in the nostrils. These pustules in the nose have risen immediately and are extremely wet. Conclusion Will probably have to go to the doctor again.

    Side effects: Itching rash; Dizziness; Nausea
  17. Jason B. Bigley says:
    2.0 rating

    Clarithromycin for Bronchitis (acute)

    Now take clarithromycin daily twice daily for 6 days. Already after two days I am back to the doctor full of fear I had an infarction. Thoracic tightness, flabby, malaise, anxiety, cold sweat. ECG was perfect. The symptoms of bronchitis only diminish slightly on the sixth day. But now I’m feeling sick again and the fear comes, it says in the leaflet only 2% complain, for example. about malaise? Now there is also loss of appetite and the stomach feels like I have eaten too much.

  18. Eloise M. Smith says:
    3.5 rating

    Clarithromycin for Flu; Sinusitis

    For 10 days in the morning and in the evening 10ml clarithromycon juice, from the amoxicillin effervescent tablets after the third tablets on the second day of use my daughter complained of severe itching, headache, diarrhea, blurred vision and dry mouth. She had red pustules, hives, on her stomach. After taking Tavegil everything had gone back.