User Reviews for Clarithromycin

Also known as: Biaxin, Biaxin XL

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Review by happyredhead (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

clarithromycin for Helicobacter Pylori Infection: I have taken clarithromycin on two separate occasions for treatment of Helicobacter Pylori both times. One time was approximately 7 years ago and then again about 3 years ago. I am about to start another round along with amoxicillin and bismuth, which is Pepto Bismol. Clarithromycin leaves a horrible metallic taste in my mouth. I am not looking forward to taking it again. The only thing that seemed to relieve this momentarily was chocolate. I kept Hershey's kisses with me all the time. I would even have to get up in the middle of the night and eat one. The taste was so bad that I couldn't even go back to sleep. A nurse told me that she had heard this worked. After eradication, try Oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, and tumeric daily.

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April 9, 2014 6:00 PM
Review by fitzle: User Rating:  
   
10

Biaxin (clarithromycin) for Bronchitis: I was full of itises: bronchitis, sinusitis and pharyngitis and felt miserable. Doc prescribed Biaxin and I started to be on the mend in a couple of days after starting treatment. On day 3 of taking it I felt good enough to exercise (not super intense, but enough to at least get the blood flowing and feel like a human being again.) Biaxin has been hard on my gut. It helps to eat a lot of food before taking it. If my stomach starts hurting or cramping, I eat more food and it helps relieve it. Unexpected side effect: Biaxin gave me energy and increased aggression/agitation. It did what it was supposed to do and knocked out my infection. All in all, worth it for me.

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March 28, 2014 7:19 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

clarithromycin for Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: I'm allergic to amoxicillin, penicillin, and erythromycin. This is pretty much the only antibiotic I can take. Works fast, works well. Only side effect is I get night sweats. It gets 10/10 because this is the only antibiotic that I can actually take without Bad Stuff (or death) happening.

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March 15, 2014 8:33 PM
Review by Catsch: User Rating:  
   
10

clarithromycin for Sinusitis: Took this medication four times for sinusitis and it works the best for me, I feel so much better within 24hrs, it's fast acting, the only side effect I experienced was a bad but tolerable metallic taste in my mouth.

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February 24, 2014 8:53 PM
Review by charmdddd: User Rating:  
   
3.0

clarithromycin for Skin Infection: I found this medicine to be a mistake for me. I had severe inflammation of my upper eyelid, swollen, red, and very uncomfortable, so the Dr. prescribed this hoping it would solve the problem. First day I took it, within two to three hours, I was immediately running for the bathroom. It made me very ill regardless of what I ate, I took an antacid, probiotics, ate carefully, ate more than usual when I took it, drank only water, etc. It gave me the worst stomach cramps I have ever had, made me so nauseous I had to call out of work, and I stayed put on my bed writhing in pain.

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February 17, 2014 9:49 PM
Review by corsakay (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
7.0

clarithromycin for Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: After the first set of antibiotics didn't work, I was given this type...3 days in, my cough has definitely improved but the metallic taste I constantly have is just horrible. Will continue with treatment just eating mints lots, but they don't really hide the taste.

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February 13, 2014 2:09 AM
Review by flip2 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
3.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: I have been given this medicine every year for the past 3 years when I get bronchitis. Every year, I forget about the symptoms from previous years but I am done taking this medicine. After the 3rd or 4th day, I get really bad muscle aches and the Dr's don't do anything about it. I can't sleep and will come to the point that I can barely move because of all the pain I am in. I will start remembering this from now on so I don't experience it again.

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February 11, 2014 2:42 PM
Review by JanMam: User Rating:  
   
5.0

clarithromycin for Sinusitis: I was prescribed clarithromycin for a sinus infection. I have been battling this for four weeks. And two prescriptions before this. I am on day three and feel only a little better. I have read it takes 4-5 days to feel better especially if you have had it awhile. The sinuses are hard to penetrate. I have had no stomach problems, I recommend probiotics. Nasty taste in my mouth...Gatorade helps a bit. I have also had fatigue and headache but I am unsure if this is due to the antibiotics or that my body has had it with medication. Hope this helps someone.

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February 7, 2014 10:49 AM
Review by helpp mee: User Rating:  
   
1.0

clarithromycin for Helicobacter Pylori Infection: My first day and I got nausea and runs and I got a little pain in my neck and shoulder.

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January 26, 2014 8:07 PM
Review by Mrs. Right (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: My ailment wasn't actually bronchitis, but tracheal irritation - it wasn't in my lungs. I started taking it after being exhausted from coughing. I had diarrhea after the first day, because I took the first dose too late after breakfast. Since then, I took it in the middle of breakfast and haven't had any GI symptoms since. My cough and chest showed an almost immediate improvement! What a difference! I have also been limiting my sugar intake (to prevent a yeast infection), eating yogurt every day and taking acidophilus to prevent further bowel irritation. So far so good. I have 4 days left. I noticed a bitter taste in my mouth about 2 days ago. I felt reassured after reading some of the comments here that it is a side effect.

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January 20, 2014 4:57 PM
Review by Katz5 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

clarithromycin for Pneumonia: The third day the pleurisy pain was gone. Very good antibiotic.

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January 17, 2014 8:22 PM
Review by Stardust 2567: User Rating:  
   
9.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: I had a horrible sore throat and pain in all my body, after using the first tablet, I noticed the difference. By night I had no sore throat and no muscle pain. It worked amazingly fast BUT the side effect I experienced was extreme bitterness in my mouth which caused me to wake up in the middle of night & wash my mouth, eat some fruit & wash again & went back to sleep but the next morning I woke up with the same taste in my mouth & it continues the same way all along. I also experienced some nausea.

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January 10, 2014 4:02 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: I cannot sleep.

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January 3, 2014 6:18 PM
Review by Shelbs. (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
5.0

clarithromycin for Sinusitis: After taking this pill in one day I have all the sudden developed a very upset stomach and my heart rate went from 60 to 106 bpm. And I'm having severe anxiety but I feel very weak.

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December 30, 2013 11:02 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
6.0

clarithromycin for Sinusitis: I have been on Biaxin for about 7 days for sinus infection and bronchitis. I started to feel better after a couple of days, but don't feel as good. Still coughing and stuffed up on one side. Side effects haven't been too bad - metallic taste in mouth for some time after I take it, but goes away. Also makes me a little nauseous if I don't take with food. Wondering if I need to go back to the Dr. though.

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November 24, 2013 1:37 PM
Review by enicholson: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Biaxin (clarithromycin) for Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Only been on for 3 days, still coughing a bit but feel much better overall. Pharmacist told me to eat yogurt or take probiotics so maybe that's why Im not experiencing any side effects at all.

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November 20, 2013 9:28 PM
Review by i hurt bad: User Rating:  
   
2.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: severe stomach pain, this is the worst I have ever felt I will be calling the doctor in the morning, stop taking them hope I make it until morning :( this is my 2nd day on them.

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November 3, 2013 12:43 AM
Review by Bexta (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
1.0

clarithromycin for Sinusitis: Wrote on here yesterday. Just updating. Doc advised me to stop taking clarithromycin after I took only one 500mg last night. My experience- awful taste in mouth, vomiting, lower back pain, aching all over, severe stomach pain, couldnt sleep, dizziness, severe anxiety, dull heavy headache (similar to a hang over) and very dry mouth. All this after only ONE tablet. This medication is EVIL! Take with extreme caution people. Good luck x

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October 22, 2013 7:49 AM
Review by reviewer3434: User Rating:  
   
5.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: I have bronchitis and they prescribed Clarithromycin. I have been taking them for 4 days now (I need to take them 10 days). I feel often dizzy, have headaches, very nauseous. My mouth always taste gross, like a metallic taste, I often have to rinse my mouth with water because of the bad taste (even at night I have to get up and rinse my mouth because the taste makes me nauseous). Just wanted to share.

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October 11, 2013 7:19 PM
Review by laurenla: User Rating:  
   
5.0

clarithromycin for Strep Throat: This medication worked very fast except I got an yeast infection by the 3rd day. Women, definitely take Canesten during the course of this medication, if you are sensitive to antibiotics.

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September 23, 2013 1:29 PM
Review by 25skidoo: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Biaxin (clarithromycin) for Sinusitis: I too have had multiple sinus infections and surgery twice. In addition I am immunosuppressed because of a medication for rheumatoid arthritis. Biaxin has always worked for me. I really have no side effects other than the metallic taste which is tolerable. I make sure I take it after food otherwise it is really hard on the stomach. I take Biaxin XL 500mg, 2 tablets once a day for 14 days.

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August 14, 2013 7:07 AM
Review by FromNY (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
3.0

clarithromycin for Strep Throat: Took this for strep throat. First day was okay (besides the fact that these pills are rather large and hard to swallow). Second day was horrible. Diarrhea twice, then my heart started racing. Called the doctor who said go the emergency room right away this medicine can cause heart palpitations. Heart rate was around 130 bpm for over 4 hours with no sign of slowing down. Finally the doctor in the ER decided to administer an anti-arrhythmic medicine to decrease the heart rate. The clarithromycin did seem to start working almost right away, after my second dose I felt much better, then the horrific side effects kicked in.

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July 29, 2013 8:18 PM
Review by Gabby:) (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

Biaxin (clarithromycin) for Strep Throat: I love this. I had a really bad strep throat and I tried everything I can so one day after I came back from a Cody Simpson signing (I couldn't miss that!) me and my mom walked to a doctor and he suggested Biaxin and after 1 dose I was feeling so much better it's been 4 days and I'm all better and I haven't had any side effects! The only sad thing that happens while I was taking this was a day after I got it I had to miss a Justin Bieber concert with my friend (she went) because my parents didn't know if the side effects would affect me.

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July 26, 2013 8:41 PM
Review by Jim247 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

clarithromycin for Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: I'm allergic to penicillin, so this is pretty much my best option. I'm terrified of the long list of sides effects on most medicines, but I've had this 3 times before for various conditions and it hasn't killed me. It works really well but it's so important that you keep taking it for the full duration. It usually starts working in 2- 3 days. As for side effects, I always get the metallic taste (I don't know why they list this as an uncommon side effect instead of common) as well as stomach pains and nausea. Never had diarrhea from it. My advice would be to take food with it or 30 mins before, and sit/stand for the next few hours. When you lie down, the symptoms are much worse, especially the nausea, cramps & metallic taste.

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July 6, 2013 3:04 AM
Review by chantelleb: User Rating:  
   
8.0

clarithromycin for Bronchitis: I'm taking this right now, I'm on day 4 out of 10 and really the only problem for me is feeling nauseous and when I'm sleeping I wake up a couple times because of the taste in my throat and mouth. I thought of sulfur but I don't even know what sulfur tastes like or smells like. Eat something salty like chips or anything you can find and have a drink of water.

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June 11, 2013 4:53 PM
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