Treating infections caused by certain bacteria.

Biaxin XL extended-release tablets are a macrolide antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth or killing bacteria sensitive to macrolide antibiotics.

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  • Biaxin XL
  • All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

    Abnormal taste; diarrhea; mild stomach pain; nausea; vomiting.

    Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or watery stools; confusion; decreased urination; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; loss of taste or sense of smell; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); muscle pain or weakness; nightmares; purple spots on the skin; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent diarrhea or stomach cramps; severe stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the skin or eyes; dark urine; pale stools; severe or persistent nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach pain; unusual tiredness); tremor; trouble sleeping.
  • Usual Adult Dose for Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis Immediate-release: 250 mg orally every 12 hours for 10 days Comments: -The drug of choice for treatment and prevention of streptococcal infections and prophylaxis of rheumatic fever is IM or oral penicillin. -In general, this drug effectively eradicates Streptococcus pyogenes from the nasopharynx; efficacy in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever has not been established. Use: For the treatment of pharyngitis/tonsillitis due to S pyogenes Usual Adult Dose for Sinusitis Immediate-release: 500 mg orally every 12 hours for 14 days Extended-release: 1000 mg orally every 24 hours for 14 days Uses: For the treatment of acute maxillary sinusitis due to Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, or S pneumoniae Usual Adult Dose for Bronchitis Immediate-release: -Due to H influenzae: 500 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days -Due to H parainfluenzae: 500 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 days -Due to M catarrhalis or S pneumoniae: 250 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days Extended-release: 1000 mg orally every 24 hours for 7 days Uses: For the treatment of acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis due to H influenzae, H parainfluenzae, M catarrhalis, or S pneumoniae Usual Adult Dose for Pneumonia Immediate-release: -Due to H influenzae: 250 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 days -Due to S pneumoniae or Chlamydophila pneumoniae: 250 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days Extended-release: 1000 mg orally every 24 hours for 7 days Uses: For the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia due to: -Immediate-release: H influenzae, S pneumoniae, or C pneumoniae (TWAR) -Extended-release: H influenzae, H parainfluenzae, M catarrhalis, S pneumoniae, C pneumoniae (TWAR) Usual Adult Dose for Mycoplasma Pneumonia Immediate-release: 250 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days Extended-release: 1000 mg orally every 24 hours for 7 days Use: For the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae Usual Adult Dose for Skin and Structure Infection Immediate-release: 250 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days Comments: -Abscesses usually require surgical drainage. Uses: For the treatment of uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections due to Staphylococcus aureus or S pyogenes Usual Adult Dose for Helicobacter pylori Infection Immediate-release: Triple therapy: -In combination with lansoprazole and amoxicillin: Clarithromycin 500 mg orally every 12 hours for 10 to 14 days -In combination with omeprazole and amoxicillin: Clarithromycin 500 mg orally every 12 hours for 10 days