Biaxin is often used by people to treat a range of bacterial infections. Sometimes, it’s combined with specific anti-ulcer pills to treat stomach ulcers. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called macrolide antibiotics, and its basic function is to stop the growth of bacteria, so it won’t be effective against viral or other infections. Patients are not allowed to misuse this medicine, because it won’t be effective in the future.
Basic Information about Its Use
It’s advisable to use Biaxin orally, both with and without food, usually twice a day. If you develop stomach ulcers, you should start taking it with milk and food. Be sure to use this medication at evenly spaced time intervals to benefit from its intake. Your regular doses must be prescribed according to individual response and your overall health. You shouldn’t change them or stop this treatment without consulting your doctor.
Expected Biaxin Side Effects
This medication may lead to the development of such mild symptoms as:
Vomiting and nausea;
Taste changes and diarrhea.
Most patients who use Biaxin don’t have any side effects, but there are certain serious symptoms that may be developed in very rare cases, including:
Mood and mental changes;
Hearing and eye problems;
Muscle weakness and slurred speech;
Severe stomach pain and dark urine;
Blood in the stool and allergic reactions;
Fainting and irregular heartbeats;
Yellow skin and eyes.
If you develop any serious symptoms, you need to call your doctor at once.
Most Common Contraindications
Before starting this treatment, you need to talk to doctors and discuss your pre-existing medical conditions and their influence on the use of Biaxin. For instance, you should be careful if you have allergic reactions, kidney and liver problems, specific muscle diseases, heart complications and so on. This medicine may affect proper work of live bacterial vaccines, so you shouldn’t have any vaccinations while undergoing this treatment.
Possible Drug Interactions
Biaxin is associated with specific drug interactions that change its mechanism of action and reduce its effectiveness while leading to other health problems. That’s why you shouldn’t combine it with certain medications including dofetilide, quinidine, amiodarone, pimozide, rifampins, rifamycins, ED meds, ergot alkaloids, certain statin drugs and some others.
It’s necessary to create a list of all the other medications that you’re taking, including prescription and over-the-counter meds, herbal supplements, such as vitamins and minerals, to show it to your physician and avoid dangerous drug interactions while taking Biaxin. Finally, many antibiotics are responsible for reduced effectiveness of birth control pills, so you should be careful to avoid any unwanted pregnancy when using this medication. Your doctor may advise you to use other effective birth control methods to achieve this goal.