CLARITHROMYCIN Ritemed 500 milligrams
Generic Name: CLARITHROMYCIN
Brand Name: Ritemed
Dosage Strength: 500 milligrams
Dosage Form: Tablet
WHAT IS THE MEDICINE USED FOR?
For the treatment of the following infections caused by susceptible microorganisms:
- Upper respiratory tract infections including streptococcal pharyngitis and tonsillitis
- Acute otitis media and acute maxillary sinusitis
- Lower respiratory tract infections including atypical pneumonia, bronchitis
- Skin and skin structure infections including impetigo, folliculitis, cellulitis, abscesses (abscesses usually require surgical drainage)
- Disseminated or localized mycobacterial infections due to Mycobacterium intracellulare or Mycobacterium avium. Localized infections due to Mycobacterium kansasii, Mycobacterium chelonae and Mycobacterium fortuitum (usually in combination with other antimicrobial agents)
- Helicobacter pylori infections (in combination with other drugs)
HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE THIS MEDICINE?
Clarithromycin tablets and suspension may be given with or without food. Clarithromycin suspension may be given with milk.
- Hypersensitivity to Clarithromycin or any ingredient in the product
- Cisapride, Pimozide, Astamizole, Tefernadine, Ergotamine, Dihydroergotamine: risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm)
- Warfarin: increased risk of bleeding
- Carbamazepine: drowsiness, dizziness
- Colchicine: may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
- Ciclosporin: increased risk of kidney toxicity
- Digoxin: increase risk of digoxin toxicity
- Atorvastatin, Simvastatin: muscle pain and weakness
- Triazolam: increased risk of drowsiness and confusion
(Precautions) Consider diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea & colitis in patients who develop diarrhea. Cross-resistance between macrolides, as well as lincomycin & clindamycin. Impaired hepatic function & moderate to severe renal failure. Long-term use.
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