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Read information about Clarithromycin below to learn about its common uses. If you have questions about this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to inform them of all the medications you are currently taking.
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take this medicine by mouth before a meal in the morning and in the evening unless your doctor tells you differently.
- Swallow this medicine whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- If you also take sucralfate, do not take it within 30 minutes after taking this medicine. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
- If you are also taking zidovudine, do not take it within 2 hours before or after you take the clarithromycin.
- To clear up your infection completely, take this medicine for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about the proper use of this medicine.
- All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
- Changes in taste; diarrhea; dry mouth; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach discomfort.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest or throat; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or watery stools; bone pain; chest pain; confusion; decreased urination; dizziness; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; loss of taste or sense of smell; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); muscle weakness; nightmares; one-sided weakness; pain, swelling, sores, or white patches in the mouth; purple spots on the skin; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent diarrhea or stomach cramps; severe stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); slurred speech; symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the skin or eyes; dark urine; pale stools; severe or persistent nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach pain; unusual tiredness); tremor; trouble sleeping; unusual bruising or bleeding;
- vaginal discharge, pain, or itching;
- vision changes.
- This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch