What is Clarithromycin?

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Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria and is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and infections of the ears, sinuses, skin, and throat. Also used to treat MAC, a type of lung infection occuring in HIV.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pneumonia 13 6
Lyme disease 9 4
H. pylori 8 7
Bronchitis 4 1
Mycobacterium avium complex 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 18
Mild 11
None 18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clarithromycin

Side effect Patients
Nausea 10
Diarrhea 3
Metallic taste in mouth 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Bad taste in mouth 2
Insomnia 2

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clarithromycin

Dosage Patients
500 mg daily 3
500 mg twice daily 1
1000 mg twice daily 1
2000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Clarithromycin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 36
Did not seem to work 7
Doctor's advice 6
Side effects too severe 6
Other 4
See all 48 patients who've stopped taking Clarithromycin

Duration

Currently taking Clarithromycin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Clarithromycin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 45
Usually 3
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 33
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 3
$25-49 0
< $25 24
Not specified 22

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clarithromycin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 2
Minocycline (Minocin) 2
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1
Flumazenil 1
Metronidazole (Flagyl) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clarithromycin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 2
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 2
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1
Metronidazole (Flagyl) 1
Sodium Oxybate (Xyrem) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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5 patient evaluations for Clarithromycin

May 14, 2018 (Started Mar 22, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for idiopathic hypersomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

Feb 14, 2018 (Started Mar 22, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for idiopathic hypersomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2013 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for infection of uncertain origin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 3, 2013 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for infection of uncertain origin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 25, 2013 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for infection of uncertain origin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: It gives a slightly bitter taste in the mouth after a few (2) hours which lasts for a few (3) hours

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 16, 2011 (Started Sep 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    Severe (bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle pain, bad taste in mouth

  • 0 helpful marks
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