Biaxin is an antibiotic used to treat infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, and ear infections. It is highly effective against a wide range of bacteria. Biaxin is available in tablets and oral suspension forms. It is typically taken once or twice a day with or without food
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Biaxin Medication Information Leaflet
Biaxin is commonly used to treat a variety of bacterial infections such as respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and certain types of stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori.
The generic ingredient for Biaxin is clarithromycin which is available in the UK.
Biaxin belongs to the class of antibiotics known as macrolides.
Biaxin is approved for use in several countries including the UK, the US, Canada, and many others.
Known Alternatives in UK
Some alternatives to Biaxin in the UK include erythromycin, azithromycin, and other antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare professional.
Biaxin is prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections when the healthcare professional determines it is appropriate.
Spectrum Of Activity
Biaxin has a broad spectrum of activity and is effective against a wide range of bacteria including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis, among others.
Biaxin may interact with certain medications such as statins, anticoagulants, and certain antiepileptic drugs. It is important to consult a healthcare professional before taking Biaxin in combination with other medications.
Dosage and Directions
The dosage and directions for Biaxin should be determined by a healthcare professional based on the specific condition being treated. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and instructions for use.
Contraindications and Precautions
Biaxin is contraindicated in individuals with a known allergy to clarithromycin or any macrolide antibiotics. It is important to inform the healthcare professional about any existing medical conditions or medications being taken before using Biaxin.
Possible side effect
Some possible side effects of Biaxin may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. It is important to seek medical advice if any of these side effects become severe or persistent.
Missed dose and Overdose
If a dose of Biaxin is missed, it should be taken as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose. In case of an overdose, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Biaxin should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat. It is important to follow any specific storage instructions provided with the medication.
Special care should be taken when prescribing Biaxin to individuals with liver or kidney impairment, as the dosage may need to be adjusted based on the individual's medical condition.
Known Non-standard Use
In some cases, Biaxin may be prescribed for off-label uses such as in the treatment of mycobacterial infections or certain dermatological conditions.
Patients should be advised to complete the full course of treatment with Biaxin as prescribed, even if symptoms improve before the medication is finished.
There may be a risk of developing antibiotic resistance with prolonged or inappropriate use of Biaxin. It is important to use this medication only as directed by a healthcare professional.
What is Biaxin used for?
Biaxin, also known as clarithromycin, is an antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections such as respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and Helicobacter pylori infections.
How should I take Biaxin?
It is important to take Biaxin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Typically, it is taken with food to help reduce stomach upset. Do not crush, chew, or break the extended-release tablet.
What are the possible side effects of Biaxin?
Common side effects of Biaxin may include diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, and abnormal taste. It is important to consult your healthcare provider if you experience severe or persistent side effects.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Biaxin?
It is generally recommended to avoid alcohol while taking Biaxin as it can increase the risk of certain side effects such as stomach irritation and liver problems.
Is Biaxin safe during pregnancy?
Biaxin should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed and after consulting with a healthcare professional, as there may be potential risks to the fetus.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Biaxin?
If you miss a dose of Biaxin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Can Biaxin be used to treat viral infections?
Biaxin is an antibiotic and is only effective against bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections such as the common cold or flu.
How long does it take for Biaxin to start working?
The time it takes for Biaxin to start working varies depending on the type and severity of the infection. It is important to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed by your doctor.
Is Biaxin the same as amoxicillin?
Biaxin (clarithromycin) and amoxicillin are different antibiotics with different mechanisms of action, although they may be used to treat similar infections in some cases.
What should I tell my doctor before starting Biaxin?
Before starting Biaxin, inform your doctor about any medical conditions you have, medications you are taking, allergies, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Can Biaxin cause allergic reactions?
Allergic reactions to Biaxin can occur. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing.
What is the usual dosage of Biaxin?
The dosage of Biaxin can vary depending on the specific infection being treated and the individual's medical condition. It is important to follow the dosing instructions provided by your doctor.
Can Biaxin interact with other medications?
Biaxin can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, heart rhythm medications, and drugs metabolized by the liver. Inform your doctor about all medications you are taking.
Is it safe to drive or operate machinery while taking Biaxin?
Biaxin may cause dizziness or blurred vision in some individuals. If you experience these side effects, avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Biaxin affects you.
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