The prescription antibiotic Biaxin is used for the treatment of various infections. It is also used to prevent a serious bacterial infection that can develop in people who have advanced forms of AIDS. By decreasing bacteria's ability to make protein, Biaxin can help stop bacteria from growing and multiplying.

Biaxin has the active ingredient of clarithromycin is a prescribed antibiotic approved to treat a variety of different infections. It is also approved to prevent Mycobacterium avium, a complex disease which is a serious bacterial infection that can develop in people who have advanced AIDS. Biaxin XL is a long-acting form of the drug. Biaxin is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories

How to Use Biaxin Tablets

  • The medication comes as regular immediate-release tablets, extended-release tablets as Biaxin , and an oral suspension or as a liquid.
  • The regular tablets and oral suspension are usually taken twice a day or sometimes three times a day for certain infections. The extended-release form is taken just once a day.
  • Make sure to shake the oral suspension well before each dose.
  • You can take the tablets or oral suspension with food or on an empty stomach. However, Biaxin tablets must be taken with food, as they may not work as well if you take them on an empty stomach.
  • The medication can be taken at any time of the day; however, make sure to take it at the same time each day, every 12 hours ,if you take it twice daily or every 24 hours if you take it once daily.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Biaxin will not work if you stop taking it too soon.

Cautions before Use Biaxin Tablets

  • While diarrhea is a common side effect of Biaxin, bloody or watery diarrhea may be a sign of a serious reaction to the drug that can occur when certain bacteria overgrow in the colon. This severe reaction can occur long after you have stopped taking Biaxin and can result in life-threatening complications.
  • Biaxin can cause a change in the heart rhythm known as QT prolongation. This can be dangerous, especially in people who already have a similar problem known as long QT syndrome.

Biaxin Tablets side effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Biaxin are as follows:

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations, anxiety, or any other unusual changes in thoughts or behavior
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea which may occur long after you have stopped taking Biaxin
  • Fainting
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heart rhythm
  • Signs of an allergic reactions

Biaxin Tablets Reactions and Overdose

Among the drugs that can potentially interact with Biaxin are certain benzodiazepines, ED medications, and statins. Biaxin drug interactions can cause your body to metabolize the medicines differently than intended, possibly increasing your risk of side effects or other serious complications. Because Biaxin is likely to interact with many medications, talk with your healthcare provider about any drug interactions with Biaxin.

Although a Biaxin overdose is not likely to cause toxic effects, it could cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Any of the usual side effects of the medication may also occur as the result of an overdose. Various treatment options are available for an overdose of Biaxin, such as administering certain medicines, and providing supportive medical care.


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