Tablets: 250 milligrams,
Tablets: 500 milligrams;
Suspension: 125 milligrams per 5 milliliters teaspoonful,
Suspension: 250 milligrams per 5 milliliters teaspoonful.
Biaxin is effective against susceptible bacteria causing infections of:
- Skin infections;
- The middle ear;
- Throat infections;
Biaxin is prescribed in treating infections caused by mycobacterium avium, an organism closely related to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
Biaxin is prescribed in combination withPrilosec in treating H. Pylori bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.
Biaxin, an antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin, is prescribed to treat certain bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, including:
Sinusitis (inflamed sinuses)
Tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils)
Acute middle ear infections
Acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis (inflamed airways)
Biaxin is also prescribed to treat infections of the skin. Combined with Prilosec or Prevacid and amoxicillin, it is prescribed to cure ulcers near the exit from the stomach (duodenal ulcers) caused by H. pylori bacteria. It can also be prescribed to combat Mycobacterium avium infections in people with AIDS.
Biaxin is available in tablet and suspension form, and in extended-release tablets (Biaxin XL). The extended-release form is prescribed only for sinus inflammation and flare-ups of bronchitis.
Biaxin is generally well tolerated, side effects are usually mild and transient. Commonly reported side effects include:
- Abnormal Taste;
Biaxin side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abnormal Taste;
- Abdominal Pain;
Respiratory, ear, and skin infections: Your doctor will carefully tailor your individual dosage of Biaxin depending upon the type of infection and organism causing it.
The usual dose varies from 250 to 500 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days.
Duodenal ulcers: You can expect one of the following treatment regimens:
500 mg of Biaxin, 30 mg of Prevacid, and 1 gram amoxicillin every 12 hours for 10 or 14 days.
500 mg of Biaxin, 20 mg of Prilosec, and 1 gram amoxicillin every 12 hours for 10 days. Some patients need to continue taking 20 mg of Prilosec on a once-daily basis for an additional 18 days.
500 mg of Biaxin every 8 hours plus 40 mg of Prilosec every morning for 14 days. Some patients need to continue taking Prilosec at a reduced dosage of 20 mg once a day for an additional 14 days.
500 mg of Biaxin every 8 or 12 hours plus 400 mg of Tritec every 12 hours for 14 days. Some patients need to continue taking 400 mg of Tritec every 12 hours for an additional 14 days.
Mycobacterium Avium infections: For prevention or treatment, the recommended dose is 500 mg twice a day.
Biaxin is not recommended for children under 6 months of age.
The dose for children older than 6 months depends on how much the child weighs. Biaxin is usually given twice a day for 10 days.
Sinusitis: The usual dosage is 1000 mg once a day for 14 days.
Bronchitis or pneumonia: The usual dosage is 1000 mg once a day for 7 days.
Safety and effectiveness of Biaxin XL have not been established for children.