Biaxin / Clarithromycin: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:51 by admin
Biaxin is also known by its generic name clarithromycin. Biaxin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, Legionnaires' disease, ear infections, strep throat, sinusitis, and tonsillitis. Biaxin is also used to treat MAC (mycobacterium avium complex) infections in advanced AIDS patients. It will not, however, treat the common cold or other viral infections.

Side effects of biaxin use include mild diarrhea, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and indigestion. Biaxin can worsen preexisting kidney problems.

Using biaxin in conjunction with certain cholesterol reducing drugs known as statins, particularly the recently recalled Baycol, may cause rhabdomyolysis, a condition characterized by deterioration of the muscles that may lead to kidney failure and possible death.

See Also

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Diarrhea: Overview
  3. Headaches
  4. Kidney Failure
  5. Myositis: Overview
  6. Nausea: Overview
  7. Rhabdomyolysis
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