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Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin), colchicine, digoxin, ergot alkaloids (such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine), methotrexate, HIV NNRTIs (such as delavirdine, efavirenz, etravirine, nevirapine), probenecid, some HIV protease inhibitors (such as atazanavir, darunavir, lopinavir, ritonavir, tipranavir), rifamycins (such as rifabutin), live bacterial vaccines.
Many drugs besides clarithromycin may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). Examples include amiodarone, cisapride, disopyramide, dofetilide, pimozide, propafenone, quinidine, sotalol, among others. Therefore, before using this product, report all medications you are currently using to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly (such as calcium/iron supplements, erlotinib, azole antifungals including ketoconazole). Lansoprazole decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these other products work. Before using lansoprazole, consult your doctor or pharmacist about the other medications you take and for advice on how to reduce or avoid these types of interactions.
Clarithromycin can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include some benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam, triazolam), carbamazepine, eletriptan, eplerenone, some drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction (such as sildenafil, vardenafil), fentanyl, fesoterodine, ixabepilone, maraviroc, some drugs for organ transplant (such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus), ranolazine, repaglinide, silodosin, some "statin" drugs (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin), temsirolimus, theophylline, tolterodine, among others.
Although most antibiotics probably do not affect hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring, some antibiotics may decrease their effectiveness. This could cause pregnancy. Examples include rifamycins such as rifampin or rifabutin. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this antibiotic.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including urine glucose test), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: change in the amount of urine.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.
Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised May 2012. Copyright(c) 2012 First Databank, Inc.
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