Clarithromycine review

Antibiotics are classified into different groups according to their strength in tackling bacteria and the illnesses that come with them. While Cefixim and Cephalexin are included in the milder group of cephalosporin antibiotics, Clarithromycine is in the stronger macrolide antibiotics. As such, Clarithromycine is found useful in severe cases of infections in the lungs (pneumonia), the tubes that lead to the lungs (bronchitis), and in the skin. It is even helpful in controlling the spread of bacteria in cases of Human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS.

Clarithromycine was developed in Japanese laboratories in the 1970s. It was a byproduct of an invention of a different version of erythromycin gone wrong. More than a decade later, an American company, Abbott Laboratories, created a partnership with the original manufacturer of Clarithromycine, Taisho, to earn its international rights. In 2004, the medication was made a generic brand in Europe and in the United States the following year.

Clarithromycine is usually taken by mouth in tablet and oral suspension forms. There is also a gel and lotion versions of the medication, created for topical use. Intake or application of Clarithromycine is effective in preventing bacteria from growing and from spreading. It carries antimicrobial effects similar to erythromycin but is far more effective and safe. Clarithromycine, especially the tablet and liquid form, will not cause discomfort even if taken on an empty stomach. It is easily absorbed and distributed into the site of infection. Using the oral suppression tablets requires the medication to be taken with food.

A missed dose should be taken immediately after realizing it. If the realization is too close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your normal schedule. Never take a double dose of Clarithromycine. It is also not advisable to stop your intake of the medicine prematurely. Some symptoms may stop way before the bacteria are killed. Since your goal is to kill the bacteria and stop it from spreading, you will need to take it for the advised period of time. Following your doctor's prescription is always important to keep you safe.

Like any strong medication, Clarithromycine has its own set of side effects. Diarrhea, vomiting, and swelling on the face are common reactions of the body towards the treatment. In some cases, side effects could be severe and may include cephalalgia, motion sickness, rashes, dry mouth, anxiety attacks, hallucinations, yellowish skin, and kidney failure. If any of these crops up, rush to your doctor immediately. Any side effect that does not appear normal or is causing you discomfort should be a cause for alarm.

Special precautions should be taken by those who have histories of allergy, asthma, hives, liver disease, kidney ailment, heart problem, or electrolyte imbalance. Clarithromycine is not recommended for patients with such cases as the reaction may be severe or life threatening. When taking a prescription medicine like this, your doctor's advice is always needed. They will determine whether the medication is appropriate for your case or not and will regulate your intake to ensure that no damage is done to your important organs.

Clarithromycine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of clarithromycine

• Molecular formula of clarithromycine is C38H69NO13
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-(4-dimethylamino-3-hydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydropyran-2-yl)oxy- 14-ethyl-12,13-dihydroxy-4-(5-hydroxy-4-methoxy-4,6-dimethyl- tetrahydropyran-2-yl)oxy-7-methoxy-3,5,7,9,11,13-hexamethyl- 1-oxacyclotetradecane-2,10-dione
• Molecular weight is 747.953 g/mol
Clarithromycine available : 125mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 125mg/5ml suspension 50ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 50ml bottle, 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets

Generic name: Clarithromycin

Brand name(s): Biaxin, Clathromycin, Klacid, Klaricid, Macladin, Naxy, Prevpac, Veclam, Zeclar

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