Biaxin Uses

Biaxin is used to treat a number of bacterial infections in children and adults, such as strep throat, sinus infections, and pneumonia. This prescription medication is also used to prevent and treat an infection that usually occurs in people who have AIDS. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend it for other, unapproved uses. Biaxin can be used "off-label" to treat various other bacterial infections.

What Is Biaxin Used For?

Biaxin® (clarithromycin) is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. Regular, short-acting Biaxin tablets and Biaxin oral suspension (liquid) are approved for treating the following infections:
 
  • In adults:
 
    • Strep throat
    • Tonsillitis 
    • Sinus infections
    • Bronchitis
    • Pneumonia
    • Skin infections
    • Mycobacterium avium complex (an infection that usually occurs in people with AIDS), for both treatment and prevention
    • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in people with duodenal ulcers (intestinal ulcers), when used in combination with other medications
 
  • In children:
 
    • Strep throat
    • Tonsillitis 
    • Sinus infections
    • Pneumonia
    • Ear infections
    • Mycobacterium avium complex (an infection that usually occurs in people with AIDS), for both treatment and prevention.
 
Long-acting Biaxin XL tablets are approved to treat the following infections in adults:
 
  • Sinus infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia.
     
Biaxin is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to the drug. Even among the types of bacteria that do respond to Biaxin, some strains may have become resistant and may have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Biaxin in certain parts of the country but not in others.
 
It is important to remember that Biaxin is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
 
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Biaxin. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the medication without such tests.
 
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