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Clarithromycin Oral Uses and How to Use


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Generic Name: CLARITHROMYCIN EXTENDED-RELEASE TABLET - ORAL
Pronounced: (kla-RITH-roe-MYE-sin)

Clarithromycin Oral Uses

Clarithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication can also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat certain types of stomach ulcers. It may also be used to prevent certain bacterial 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 Clarithromycin Oral

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually twice daily, or as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs, you may take it with food or milk.

Shake the bottle well before each dose. Use a specially marked medicine spoon or medicine cup to measure the correct dose. Consult your pharmacist if you have any questions.

Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals, at the same time(s) each day.

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

If you are using this medication to treat an infection, 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.

If you are taking this medication for the prevention of certain bacterial infections, take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not stop taking the medication without your doctor's approval.



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