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Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about this medicine.
It does not contain all of the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Klacid against the benefits they expect it will have on you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
Klacid is used to treat certain bacterial infections, including the following:
Klacid is also used to prevent a specific bacterial infection associated with HIV infection.
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed Klacid for another purpose. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Klacid has been prescribed for you.
Klacid is an antibiotic that belongs to the group of medicines called macrolides. These medicines work by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria which cause infections.
Klacid will not work against infections caused by viruses, such as colds or flu.
Klacid is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Klacid to treat peptic ulcer
Peptic ulcers are associated with an infection in the intestine and stomach by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Nearly all patients with peptic ulcers are infected with this bacteria.
The H. pylori infection can be treated with a combination of Klacid (clarithromycin), another antibiotic (amoxycillin) and another medicine called omeprazole (used to control the acidity of the stomach).
However, the best combination of tablets to treat H. pylori infection is yet to be determined. Your doctor will determine the best combination for you.
If your symptoms return, consult your doctor. It is possible that Klacid may no longer be effective in killing the H. pylori infection and a different antibiotic may be needed.
Do not take Klacid if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath or swelling of the face, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
Do not take Klacid if you have severe liver problems or poor kidney function.
Do not take Klacid if you have an irregular heartbeat.
Do not take Klacid if the packaging is torn or shows any signs of tampering.
Do not take Klacid if the use by date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed. If it has expired or is damaged return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Do not take Klacid if you are taking the following medicines:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Klacid when pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Klacid when breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had, any other health problems or medical conditions, including liver problems or poor kidney function.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
Tell your doctor if you have intolerance to sugars. Tell your doctor before Klacid oral liquid is given.
Tell your doctor if you have myasthenia gravis, a condition in which the muscles become weak and tire easily
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking or are given Klacid.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.
Some medicines may affect the way Klacid works. These include the following medicines:
These medicines may be affected by Klacid or may affect how well Klacid works. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines. They also have a more complete list of medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Klacid.
Your doctor will tell you how much to take and when to take it. Take Klacid exactly as directed by your doctor.
This may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
The dose of Klacid will depend on the infection to be treated.
For respiratory tract infections and skin infections, the usual adult dose is one Klacid 250 mg tablet twice a day.
For more severe infections, the dose can be increased to one Klacid 500 mg tablet twice a day.
For respiratory tract infections the usual dose for children is 7.5mg/kg twice a day or as directed by your doctor
Your doctor will adjust the amount or frequency of your doses according to the infection being treated and the severity of your condition.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box/bottle, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Klacid tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Klacid Powder for Oral Liquid
Shake the bottle well and accurately measure the dose with a medicine measure.
Shaking the bottle and using a medicine measure will make sure that you get the correct dose.
Keep taking Klacid until you finish the pack or bottle, or for as long as your doctor tells you.
If you are being treated for an infection, Klacid is usually taken for one or two weeks.
Do not stop taking Klacid, even if you feel better after a few days, unless advised by your doctor. Your infection may not clear completely if you stop taking your medicine too soon.
Check with your doctor if you are not sure how long you should be taking Klacid.
If it is almost time for you to take your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then continue taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you miss more than one dose, or are not sure what to do, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to casualty at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Klacid. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Keep telephone numbers for these places/services handy.
If you take too much Klacid, you may develop severe gastrointestinal symptoms, liver problems, or allergic reactions.
If you are taking Klacid for an infection and your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, tell your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Klacid.
If you get severe diarrhoea, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Do this even if it occurs several weeks after stopping Klacid. Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care. Do not take any medicine to stop your diarrhoea without first checking with your doctor.
If you have to have any urine tests, tell your doctor you are taking Klacid as it may affect the results of some laboratory tests.
If you are about to start taking a new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Klacid.
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Klacid.
Do not use Klacid to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says so.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Klacid affects you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Klacid.
Klacid treats infections in most people, but it may have unwanted side effects in some people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following as you may need urgent medical care:
Stop taking Klacid and tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital if any of the following happen:
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, even if they occur several weeks after stopping treatment with Klacid:
These are rare but serious side effects. You may have a serious condition affecting your bowel and you may need urgent medical care.
Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about side effects, as they have a more complete list of side effects. Inform your doctor promptly about these or any other symptoms. If the condition persists or worsens, seek medical attention.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them or only some of them.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell while you are taking, or soon after you have finished taking Klacid, even if it is not on this list.
Keep your medicine where children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least 1.5 metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Tablets in bottles
Tablets in blister pack
Powder for Oral Liquid
Do not keep Klacid or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave Klacid in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Klacid, or your medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
The active ingredient in Klacid is clarithromycin.
The tablets also contain:
Klacid tablets do not contain lactose or gluten.
Klacid Powder for Oral Liquid 250mg/5mL:
Each 5mL of Klacid Powder for Oral Liquid contains 250mg of clarithromycin (the active ingredient).
It also contains:
Klacid 250mg and 500mg tablets and Klacid Powder for Oral Liquid are distributed by:
Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd
32-34 Lord Street
Botany NSW 2019
(ABN 95 000 180 389)
Phone: 1800 225 311
Australian registration numbers:
Klacid 250mg Tablets: AUST R 79576 (bottle) & 79564 (blister)
Klacid 500mg Tablets: AUST R 50682 (bottle) & 52473 (blister)
Klacid Powder for Oral Liquid 250mg/5mL: AUST R 56729
Date of information:
09 September 2011
Published by MIMS/myDr January 2012