Clarithromycin Oral Uses and How to Use

  • Uses

    This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial respiratory tract infections. Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

    This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

    How To Use

    Take this medication by mouth with food, usually once daily, or as directed by your doctor. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.

    Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this medication at the same time each day.

    The dosage and duration of therapy is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

    Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

    Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.