Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

US Brand Name

  1. Biaxin
  2. Biaxin Filmtab
  3. Biaxin XL

Descriptions


Clarithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It is also used in combination with other medicines to treat duodenal ulcers caused by H. pylori. This medicine is also used to prevent and treat Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection.

Clarithromycin belongs to the class of medicines known as macrolide antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, this medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, clarithromycin is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:

  • Legionnaires' disease.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Suspension
  • Tablet
  • Tablet, Extended Release