Biaxin Dosage

Generic name: clarithromycin
Dosage form: tablets, extended-release tablets, oral suspension

This dosage information does not include all the information needed to use Biaxin safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for Biaxin.

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BIAXIN Filmtab (clarithromycin tablets, USP) and BIAXIN Granules (clarithromycin for oral suspension, USP) may be given with or without food. BIAXIN XL Filmtab (clarithromycin extended-release tablets) should be taken with food. BIAXIN XL tablets should be swallowed whole and not chewed, broken or crushed.

Clarithromycin may be administered without dosage adjustment in the presence of hepatic impairment if there is normal renal function. In patients with severe renal impairment (CLCR < 30 mL/min), the dose of clarithromycin should be reduced by 50%. However, when patients with moderate or severe renal impairment are taking clarithromycin concomitantly with atazanavir or ritonavir, the dose of clarithromycin should be reduced by 50% or 75% for patients with CLCR of 30 to 60 mL/min or < 30 mL/min, respectively.

ADULT DOSAGE GUIDELINES
  BIAXIN Tablets BIAXIN XL Tablets
Infection Dosage
(q12h)
Duration
(days)
Dosage
(q24h)
Duration
(days)
Pharyngitis/Tonsillitis due to        
     S. pyogenes 250 mg 10 - -
Acute maxillary sinusitis due to 500 mg 14 2 x 500 mg 14
     H. influenzae        
     M. catarrhalis        
     S. pneumoniae        
Acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis due to        
     H. influenzae 500 mg 7-14 2 x 500 mg 7
     H. parainfluenzae 500 mg 7 2 x 500 mg 7
     M. catarrhalis 250 mg 7-14 2 x 500 mg 7
     S. pneumoniae 250 mg 7-14 2 x 500 mg 7
Community-Acquired Pneumonia due to        
     H. influenzae 250 mg 7 2 x 500 mg 7
     H. parainfluenzae - - 2 x 500 mg 7
     M. catarrhalis - - 2 x 500 mg 7
     S. pneumoniae 250 mg 7-14 2 x 500 mg 7
     C. pneumoniae 250 mg 7-14 2 x 500 mg 7
     M. pneumoniae 250 mg 7-14 2 x 500 mg 7
Uncomplicated skin and skin structure 250 mg 7-14 - -
     S. aureus        
     S. pyogenes        

H. pylori Eradication to Reduce the Risk of Duodenal Ulcer Recurrence

Triple therapy: BIAXIN/lansoprazole/amoxicillin

The recommended adult dose is 500 mg BIAXIN, 30 mg lansoprazole, and 1 gram amoxicillin, all given twice daily (q12h) for 10 or 14 days (See INDICATIONS AND USAGEandCLINICAL STUDIES sections).

Triple therapy: BIAXIN/omeprazole/amoxicillin

The recommended adult dose is 500 mg BIAXIN, 20 mg omeprazole, and 1 gram amoxicillin, all given twice daily (q12h) for 10 days (See INDICATIONS AND USAGE and CLINICAL STUDIES sections). In patients with an ulcer present at the time of initiation of therapy, an additional 18 days of omeprazole 20 mg once daily is recommended for ulcer healing and symptom relief.

Dual therapy: BIAXIN/omeprazole

The recommended adult dose is 500 mg BIAXIN given three times daily (q8h) and 40 mg omeprazole given once daily (qAM) for 14 days (See INDICATIONS AND USAGE and CLINICAL STUDIES sections). An additional 14 days of omeprazole 20 mg once daily is recommended for ulcer healing and symptom relief.

Dual therapy: BIAXIN/ranitidine bismuth citrate

The recommended adult dose is 500 mg BIAXIN given twice daily (q12h) or three times daily (q8h) and 400 mg ranitidine bismuth citrate given twice daily (q12h) for 14 days. An additional 14 days of 400 mg twice daily is recommended for ulcer healing and symptom relief. BIAXIN and ranitidine bismuth citrate combination therapy is not recommended in patients with creatinine clearance less than 25 mL/min (See INDICATIONS AND USAGE and CLINICAL STUDIES sections).

Children

The usual recommended daily dosage is 15 mg/kg/day divided q12h for 10 days.

PEDIATRIC DOSAGE GUIDELINES
Based on Body Weight
Dosing Calculated on 7.5 mg/kg q12h
Weight Dose    
Kg lbs (q12h) 125 mg/5 mL 250 mg/5 mL
9
17
25
33
20
37
55
73
62.5 mg
125 mg
187.5 mg
250 mg
2.5 mL q12h
5 mL q12h
7.5 mL q12h
10 mL q12h
1.25 mL q12h
2.5 mL q12h
3.75 mL q12h
5 mL q12h

Mycobacterial Infections

Prophylaxis

The recommended dose of BIAXIN for the prevention of disseminated Mycobacterium avium disease is 500 mg b.i.d. In children, the recommended dose is 7.5 mg/kg b.i.d. up to 500 mg b.i.d. No studies of clarithromycin for MAC prophylaxis have been performed in pediatric populations and the doses recommended for prophylaxis are derived from MAC treatment studies in children. Dosing recommendations for children are in the table above.

Treatment

Clarithromycin is recommended as the primary agent for the treatment of disseminated infection due to Mycobacterium avium complex. Clarithromycin should be used in combination with other antimycobacterial drugs that have shown in vitro activity against MAC or clinical benefit in MAC treatment (See CLINICAL STUDIES). The recommended dose for mycobacterial infections in adults is 500 mg b.i.d. In children, the recommended dose is 7.5 mg/kg b.i.d. up to 500 mg b.i.d. Dosing recommendations for children are in the table above.

Clarithromycin therapy should continue for life if clinical and mycobacterial improvements are observed.

Constituting Instructions

The table below indicates the volume of water to be added when constituting:

Total Volume After Constitution Clarithromycin Concentration After Constitution Amount of Water to be Added*
50 mL 125 mg/5 mL 27 mL
100 mL 125 mg/5 mL 55 mL
50 mL 250 mg/5 mL 27 mL
100 mL 250 mg/5 mL 55 mL
*   see instructions below.

Add half the volume of water to the bottle and shake vigorously. Add the remainder of water to the bottle and shake.

Shake well before each use. Oversize bottle provides shake space. Keep tightly closed. Do not refrigerate. After mixing, store at 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) and use within 14 days.

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