What is Biaxin?
Biaxin is an antibacterial drug that is derived of erythromycin. It has the same chemical formula, has the same action but it has many advantages.
Its active ingredient Clarithromycin has high acid-resistance and improved antibacterial and pharmacokinetics characteristics in comparison with erythromycin. Biaxin has by 100 times higher resistance to the action of the hydrochloric acid than erythromycin, and therefore the drug has a higher bioavailability, and it is even more effective antibiotic in some cases.
Biaxin antibiotic has a bacteriostatic action, is well tolerated, completely neutralizes the action of bacteria within 2 weeks. The drug may be used in pediatrics (especially in children who are not allowed penicillin).
Who should take Biaxin?
Biaxin is prescribed patients with infectious diseases of the different severity: bronchitis, pneumonia, atypical pneumonia, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, folliculitis, furunculus, impetigo, wound infection, and chlamydia.
As an antibacterial product, Biaxin may be used in the combined therapy of the ulcerous disease of the stomach in order to inhibit the activity of Helicobacter.
How to take Biaxin?
Due to the high acid-resistance, the pills of Biaxin may be used both before, and after meals. Food does not influence on the pharmacological characteristics of the drug. The pills are taken with clear water. Do not take the pills with verjuice or milk.
The action of every dose of Biaxin lasts for up to 12 hours, and therefore the drug should be used 2 times per day with the interval of 8-12 hours.
- Patients over 12 years old are usually prescribed 500 mg of Biaxin 2 times per day
- Patients under 12 years old are prescribed a dose of 250 mg of Biaxin 2 times per day. If children have issues with taking the pills, they are prescribed suspension
The treatment usually takes 6 to 14 days. A length of the treatment is detected by the intensity of the disease symptoms. If all symptoms disappeared, it is necessary to take the antibiotic for more than 2 days, and then the treatment is stopped. Therefore, a doctor’s control is not required during the therapy.
It is rather difficult to predict an individual reaction of a patient to the use of Biaxin. The side effects happen during the use of any medicines including Clarithromycin. These are sleep disorder, dizziness, dyspepsia, buzzing in ears, and skin rash.
If you have already used this antibiotic, you probably will not have side effects. In any case, they do not bring discomfort and are light.
- A doctor’s control is required only if a patient has any chronic diseases: dysfunctions of liver, porphyria, or kidney disease
- Biaxin is one of the antibiotics that is not used during pregnancy and lactation. Its influence on the fetus development is not completely studied. If you were prescribed this antibiotic during lactation, stop the breast-feeding for a while
- Do not use Biaxin more than 3 times per year. The frequent use of the same drug may lead to the development of bacteria resistance, and its efficiency may drop.