Biaxin 250mg is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, middle ear, lung, sinus, stomach, skin, and throat infections. Biaxin is also used to prevent disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
Biaxin 250 mg medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or Biaxin pharmacist for more Biaxin information.
Biaxin is also known as Clarithromycin.
How should this Biaxin 250mg medicine be used?
Biaxin/Clarithromycin comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours (twice a day) for 7–14 days. For stomach infections, Biaxin is given every 8 hours (three times a day). Follow the Biaxin directions on your Biaxin prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or Biaxin pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Biaxin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of Biaxin or take Biaxin more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Shake the Biaxin liquid well before each use to mix the medication evenly.
The Biaxin tablets should be taken with a full glass of water.
Continue to take Biaxin and Clarithromycin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Biaxin/Clarithromycin without talking to your doctor.
What special Biaxin precautions should I follow?
Before taking Biaxin/clarithromycin,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Biaxin (clarithromycin), azithromycin (Zithromax), dirithromycin (Dynabac), erythromycin, or any other drug.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other antibiotics, anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin), astemizole (Hismanal), carbamazepine (Tegretol), cholesterol-lowering medications such as lovastatin (Mevacor) or simvastatin (Zocor), cisapride (Propulsid), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), digoxin (Lanoxin), disopyramide (Norpace), ergotamine, felodipine (Plendil), lovastatin (Mevacor), omeprazole (Prilosec), phenytoin (Dilantin), pimozide (Orap), tacrolimus (Prograf), terfenadine (Seldane), theophylline (Theo-Dur), triazolam (Halcion), and vitamins.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney or liver disease, irregular heart beat, yellowing of the skin or eyes, colitis, stomach problems, or blood disease.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Biaxin or Clarithromycin, call your doctor.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Biaxin/Clarithromycin.
What special Biaxin 250 mg dietary instructions should I follow?
Biaxin may cause an upset stomach. Take Biaxin with food or milk.
Respiratory, ear, and skin infections:
- Your doctor will carefully tailor your individual dosage of Biaxin depending upon the type of infection and organism causing it. The usual dose varies from 250 to 500 milligrams every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days.
Duodenal ulcers: You can expect one of the following treatment regimens:
- Every 12 hours for 10 or 14 days, 500 milligrams of Biaxin, 30 milligrams of Prevacid, and 1 gram of amoxicillin.
- Every 12 hours for 10 days, 500 milligrams of Biaxin, 20 milligrams of Prilosec, and 1 gram of amoxicillin. Some patients need to continue taking 20 milligrams of Prilosec on a once-daily basis for an additional 18 days.
- 500 milligrams of Biaxin every 8 hours, 480 mg of Bactrim, and 40 milligrams of Prilosec every morning for 14 days. Some patients need to continue taking Prilosec at a reduced dosage of 20 milligrams once a day for an additional 14 days.
- 500 milligrams of Biaxin every 8 or 12 hours, 500 milligrams of Biaxin, plus 400 milligrams of Tritec every 12 hours for 14 days. Some patients need to continue taking 400 milligrams of Tritec every 12 hours for an additional 14 days.
What storage conditions are needed for Biaxin?
Keep Biaxin in the container it came in, tightly closed and out of the reach of children. Store Biaxin at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any Biaxin medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your Biaxin medication.
What should I do if I forget a Biaxin dose?
Take the missed Biaxin dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next Biaxin dose, skip the missed Biaxin dose and continue with your regular Biaxin dosing schedule. Do not take a double Biaxin dose to make up for a missed one.
Other uses for this Biaxin medicine
This Biaxin medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more Biaxin information.
What other Biaxin information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests before and during treatment to check your response to Biaxin.
Do not let anyone else take your Biaxin medication. Ask your Biaxin pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your Biaxin prescription.