|What are the possible side effects of
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking
Biaxin and seek emergency medical attention:
An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat;
swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives), or liver damage
(yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort,
unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue
to take Biaxin and talk to your doctor if you experience nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain; dizziness, fatigue, or headache;
vaginal yeast infection; a rash; or increased sensitivity to sunlight.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your
doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially
What other drugs will affect Biaxin?
Biaxin may cause dangerous side effects when taken with the following
drugs: antihistamines such as terfenadine (Seldane) and astemizole
(Hismanal). These drugs should not be taken with Biaxin. The combination
can cause your heart to beat irregularly.
Seizure medications such as carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin
(Dilantin), and valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene). These drugs may or
may not be affected. Since these drugs are so important, your doctor may
want to perform some special blood-monitoring tests.
Asthma medications such as theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theolair, Theochron,
others). Biaxin may increase levels of these drugs in your blood, and
you may need a dosage adjustment.
Anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin (Coumadin). These
medications may have an increased effect, which could lead to bleeding.
Your doctor may want to monitor your blood clotting.
Heart medications for irregular heartbeats, such as digoxin (Lanoxin)
and disopyramide (Norpace). These drugs may also have an increased
effect. Your doctor may want to monitor your blood levels more closely.
Do not use other antibiotics unless they are prescribed by your doctor.
Do not take Biaxin without first talking to your doctor if you are
taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Biaxin. Talk
to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or