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clarithromycin (BIAXIN, BIAXIN-XL)


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  • Antibiotics [hide all summaries]
    Antibiotics (drugs used to treat bacterial infections) are overwhelmingly misprescribed in the United States. Despite congressional hearings and numerous academic studies on this issue, it has become the general consensus that 40 to 60% of all antibiotics in this country are misprescribed. New studies continue to confirm the fact that a large proportion of antibiotic prescribing for both children and adults continues to be inappropriate.
  • Combination Treatments for Helicobacter Pylori Infection [hide all summaries]
    The bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been implicated in causing ulcer disease. The combination treatments described have high success rates and low recurrence rates, but the treatment is arduous.
Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles
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  • Calcium Channel Blockers Plus Most Macrolide Antibiotics: A Dangerous Combination [hide all summaries]
    (April 2014)
    Learn about new evidence demonstrating the dangers of combining calcium channel blockers, a widely used class of drugs for treating high blood pressure, with the commonly used macrolide antibiotic clarithromycin and other related antibiotics. Also find out which macrolide antibiotic does not have this dangerous interaction with calcium channel blockers.
  • New Advice on Treating Sinus Infections With Antibiotics [hide all summaries]
    (August 2012)
    Learn the details of the large problem of misprescribing antibiotics for sinusitis, symptoms of the condition, limited indications for antibiotic use and alternative treatments for this very common illness.
  • Update on Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2012)
    This article updates and expands our earlier list of drugs that can have harmful interactions with grapefruit juice. The list now includes 82 different drugs.
  • Corticosteroid Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (November 2010)
    This article discusses 36 drugs that, when used by people also using a corticosteroid, can either cause toxic interactions with the steroid or decrease the steroid's effectiveness.
  • The Dangers of Combining Sleeping Pills With Other Medication [hide all summaries]
    (September 2010)
    The article list 34 other medications that can harmfully interact with sleeping pills, increasing their sedative properties and causing excessive sedation. Excessive sedation at night could increase the risk of falls, should the person get up in the night for some reason. Moreover, excessive sedation causing respiratory depression could be dangerous for people with certain disorders, such as lung disease.
  • Interactions With Cancer Drug Vincristine (ONCOVIN) [hide all summaries]
    (August 2010)
    The article lists 34 prescription drugs that can have harmful interactions with vincristine. Recognizing signs of toxicity from vincristine early, as described in the article, is urgent because most of the side effects are reversible when the interacting drug is stopped and the patient receives corrective treatment.
  • Oral Drugs for Diabetes: Avoiding Hypoglycemia [hide all summaries]
    (May 2010)
    After explaining the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) the article lists 42 prescription drugs that can interact with one or more diabetes drugs to increase the chance of hypoglycemia.
  • Aripiprazole (ABILIFY) Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (April 2010)
    The article lists 53 drugs that can interact with the psychiatric drug ABILIFY to either increase the amount in the body, which can lead to toxicity, or decrease the amount rendering the drug less effective.
  • Digoxin Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (March 2010)
    The article lists 35 different interacting drugs that can either increase blood levels of digoxin, leading to the serious problem of digitalis toxicity or decrease blood levels, causing the drug to be less effective.
  • Quetiapine (SEROQUEL) Interactions With Other Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (February 2010)
    Quetiapine (SEROQUEL) can interact with 26 different drugs, increasing its blood levels and causing dangerous side effects such as slowed breathing, dizziness and fainting. The article also lists 10 other interacting drugs that can result in lower blood levels, rendering the drug less effective.
  • Oxycodone: Be Careful What You Take With It [hide all summaries]
    (September 2009)
    The article lists 24 drugs that can increase the toxicity of oxycodone if taken together with the drug and 11 other drugs that can weaken its effectiveness as a painkiller if they are simutaneously used.
  • Muscle Damage from Interactions Between Statins and Other Commonly Prescribed Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (July 2009)
    The article lists 38 prescription drugs that can harmfully interact with statin drugs. The article also advises that No matter what statin you are taking and regardless of any interacting drugs, you should notify your prescriber immediately if you develop muscle pain, weakness or a darkening of your urine. .
  • Alpha-Blockers for Prostate Enlargement: Some Important Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (June 2009)
    Taking alpha-blockers in combination with drugs for erectile dysfunction and with other drugs can cause dizziness and fainting. In this article we will discuss alfuzosin (UROXATRAL), doxazosin (CARDURA), tamsulosin (FLOMAX) and terazosin (HYTRIN) and drugs with which they can have harmful interactions.
  • Colchicine Interactions with Other Drugs Can Be Life-Threatening [hide all summaries]
    (December 2008)
    This article lists 27 drugs that can have life-threatening interactions with the widely-used gout drug, colchicine, resulting in dangerously elevated levels of colchicine. Too much colchicine in the body leads to toxicity such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and muscle pains. Even worse, it can impair the bone marrow’s ability to make red and white blood cells, causing severe anemia and dangerously low numbers of white blood cells. When the number of white blood cells is reduced, your body may have difficulty fighting infections. Most people who have died from colchicine toxicity have had bone marrow toxicity or had preexisting kidney problems. Every patient on colchicine — whether on other drugs or not — should be alert for evidence of colchicine toxicity as described above.
  • Macrolide Antibiotic Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (February 2008)
    The article discusses the adverse drug interactions between either of two widely-prescribed macrolide antibiotics, erythromycin (as in ERYTHROCIN) and clarithromycin (BIAXIN)and more than 40 other drugs that are listed in a table in the article. It also describes the nature of the adverse interactions that can occur.
  • Antibiotic Clarithromycin (BIAXIN) Can Have Deadly Interaction with Anti-Gout Drug Colchicine [hide all summaries]
    (October 2005)
    Using the antibiotic clarithromycin (BIAXIN, BIAXIN XL) in combination with the gout drug colchicine at the same time increases the risk of death because of colchicine toxicity, a recent study shows. In the 88 patients who received the two drugs together, nine (10.2 percent) died. Only one (3.6 percent) of the 28 patients who received the two drugs sequentially died.
  • Drug-Induced Taste Disorders [hide all summaries]
    (September 2003)
    DO NOT stop taking any of the drugs listed in the table without first consulting your physician. You should report any alteration in your sense of taste to your physician if you are taking a drug.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms (Part 2) [hide all summaries]
    (November 2002)
    This is the second of a two-part series on drug-induced psychiatric symptoms that began in last month’s Worst Pills, Best Pills News. The information is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Article lists drugs and adverse effects.
  • Grapefruit Juice and Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (June 2002)
    Grapefruit juice can interact with a number of therapeutically important drugs that could lead to the possibility of toxicity. These drugs are listed in the article.

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