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Generic name: clarithromycin

Abbott Laboratories

What it does:
Fights bacterial infections, especially Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)

Traditional dosage:
500 mg, 2 or 3 times daily, depending on the infection. Available in immediate release tablets, extended release tablets, and granules to be mixed with water

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
There have been life-threatening interactions with Colcrys and serious interactions with Altacor, Altoprev, Mevacor, Zocor, Lipitor, and blood pressure drugs. Use caution when taking with Viagra.

Side effects:
Most serious: abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding or bruising, diarrhea, colitis, liver failure, hepatitis Other: milder diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting, change in taste
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