Drug Ratings for BIAXIN

Average Rating: 2.4 (1110 Ratings)

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 1  sinus infection tight feeling in chest, low level anxious feeling, badly disrupted sleep, bad taste in mouth, ringing in ears Aside from some horrific nightmares that I experienced while on the drug, the worst part of this drug was that the side effects (other than the metallic taste) have not gone away. My sleep is still disrupted, my ears ring off and on, the tight feeling in my chest has not gone away and I feel anxious for no reason. It has been over a week since I stopped taking Biaxin XL. I noticed that other people had side effects for months after taking Biaxin. Do they ever go away???? The sinus infection was not entirely cleared by Biaxin XL either. F 39 10 days
3/15/2009

 1  Acute bronchitis and sinusitis Inability to sleep increased blood pressure of 148/104 and heart rate of 110T. Crying/sad spells and bitter taste in mouth after taking it and coming up in my mouth while sleeping. Thrush and then blisters on my tongue. Still didn't fix the bronchitis wheezing problem but I am not coughing up colored junk anymore. This is my least favorite antibiotic but I have used many others in the past and did not want to take this one. Blurry vision and tiredness. Sticky sweat at night and have to get up and eat yogurt to rid the nasty taste in my mouth. It kind of cracked my tongue down the middle and then it had a whitish coating. I don't like this med. It makes me feel tired and grouchy and sad and nothing tastes right even coffee which I don't even enjoy drinking and I love coffee. I took 2x a day 500 mg. twice daily. F 34 10 days
3/14/2009

 2  severe sinus infection Thought I was losing my mind. Pounding head, heart felt like it was beating in my head, felt extremely anxious, antsy after taking it and then feeling like I couldn't move, hearing things, loss of appetite, red, flushed face, tingling hands, major insomnia. I have missed a whole week of work with just the side effects. I am sure this is helpful for some people, but I am never taking it again. I have never had such a reaction, I thought I was going crazy. I was so glad to see others experienced similar problems and that I was not imagining it. F 36 4 days
3/13/2009

 2  Sinus Infection Really really horrible taste in mouth, extreme hunger, and terrible gas pains Taste was so bad after three days that I got another prescription for Keflex, but it didn't do anything for the infection so now I'm back on the generic clarythromycin. The hunger is awful too because I can be extremly full and still have strong hunger pains. Wouldn't recommend it unless you really have to have it. F 19 7 days
3/13/2009

 3  pneumonia dry mouth, horrible metallic taste -- licked off the floor type, insomia, nightmares, anxiety, some abdominable pain, chest twinges Did seem to help the pneumonia, but the side affects are horrible F 56 12 days
3/10/2009

 5  Sinus Infection Thanks for this website. I believe I discovered why I had a great experience with Biaxin 3 years ago and why I am having a horrible taste in my mouth, coated tongue and just unpleasantness this time. I'm using the generic! I'm going back to the pharmacy to exchange--I don't care if it costs more money. Biaxin is the only antibiotic that knocks out a bad sinus infection for me. Try to avoid generic if you can. I think this is a very good antibiotic, so put up with the effects if you can. They are temporary! F 54 1.5 days
3/8/2009

 1  Chest infection Biaxin was prescribed to my mother in June of 2002. While on the medication she experienced sleeplessness, paranoia, anxiety, confused thinking, and a horrible taste in her mouth. She also lost her sense of smell. After she had finished taking it, the side effects continued. We went on a weekend trip in October of 2002 and while travelling she became very ill with severe nausea. She began to vomit, and it was pure bile. When this began, instead of going to our original destination I took her to the nearest hospital -- I didn't think she was going to make it there. She was admitted, bloodwork was done (which showed impaired liver function) and diagnosed with several large cysts on her liver, three of which had burst and caused her symptoms. She still, at this point, had the awful taste in her mouth that had started when she was taking Biaxin. When the doctor asked me to list any recent, new medications she had been taking, I mentioned the Biaxin she had taken several months I would never, ever recommend that anyone take this drug. Yes, some people may not experience side effects, but it seems as though those who do experience severe and lasting side effects that impact their lives, and health, in a majorly negative way. F 57 10 days
3/8/2009

 3  Pneumonia, ear and sinus infection Largely psychological: Anxiety, depression, paranoia, hopelessness, negative rumnations. Possible loss of hearing, though I cannot attribute to biaxin at this point. My ear infection had reduced my hearing, possible I'm just not well yet. I am so relieved to find I am not the only one who had emotional issues while on Biaxin. I started searching today because I was feeling really hopeless. I just couldn't get myself "up". Even though I have some negative thoughts, at least I can comfort in knowing they are probably due to medication and will resolve upon cessation. I actually started the search to see if hearing loss was a possible side effect. My wife lost most of her hearing due to aminoglycoside antibiotics (neomycin) and I was concerned that my hearing is not improving. I found the emotional sides by accident and am relieved. i thought I was going to need an antidepressant or antipsychotic. While I certainly cannot say 100% it's due to the medication, it's amazing an antibiotic could have this sort of effect. M 38 9 days
3/6/2009

 3  upper respitory HEADACHE, HEDACHE, HEADACHE!!!!! NAUSEA, NAUSEA, NAUSEA!!!! DIZZY DIZZY DIZZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED NOT SAY MORE!!!! AFTER THE 7TH DAY- I STOPPED!!! I COULD NOT TAKE ANOTHER DAY OF A HEADACHE BUT THEN, THE DIZZINESS SET IN AND I FELT AS IF I WOULD PUKE AT ANY MINUTE!!! BEEN OFF OF IT FOR A DAY AND A HALF AND I HAVE DIARRHEA REALLY REALLY BAD!!! AND THE WORST GAS I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! THE GAS BUILT UP SO MUCH THAT MY STOMACHE WAS HARD AND ROUND! MY HUSBAND WAS ASTONISHED!! I LOOKED PREGNANT!!! AND THEN THE GAS STARTED AND LASTED FOR HOURS..THEN THE DIARRHEA SET IN AND THAT IS WHERE I AM WITH IT NOW!! MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBED MECLIZINE FOR MY DIZZINESS AND NAUSEA..IT SEEMED TO HAVE WORKED!! I WILL NEVER TAKE THIS DRUG AGAIN!!! F 38 9 days
3/5/2009

 1  Sinus Infection with Pink eye Chemical/Metallic taste in mouth. Stomach Cramps. Paranoia. Slight insomnia I am going to stop taking Biaxin mostly because of the horrible taste. the only reason I was put on this medication is because i broke out in hives last time i was put on Amoxicillin. I would rather have hives though than the stomach pains and taste. F 16 3 days
3/5/2009

 1  Bronchitis Severe metallic taste in my mouth 24/7. Insomnia, up all night. I would only sleep for 1/2 hr intervals. Stomach cramping. Very vivid dreams when I did sleep, I remember like it was real. The mettalic taste and insomnia are severe. This is the first and last time that I take this medicine! I want to go off it but am supposed to be on it for 14 days! I don' think that I will last that long. F 36 7 days
3/2/2009

 3  bronchitis anxiety, tearfulness, nervousness, fast heart rate and palpitations, waking up feeling uneasy, BP elevated, negative thoughts coming at me, inability to cope Had been taking Biaxin a number of times over past year and a half due to bronchitis. I liked the drug because it worked right away. I had no clue that this medication was contributing to the symptoms i was having, but now i realize the pattern. My side effects always occurred in conjunction with taking this medication. Try to take another antibiotic (not sure which one is better) if you are prone to anxiety or depression. F 46 10 days
3/1/2009

 3   INTENSE HUNGER PAINS! F 18 30 days
3/1/2009

 1  sinus infection and bronchitis I am the female poster of 1/2/2009. Most of the side effects continue. My question for those who have experienced similar side effects is HOW did you overcome them? Was it just a question of time? I am being followed by a naturopath, who has me going through a detoxification process. I am surely not alone in wanting to learn about what others have done. F 53 5 days
3/1/2009

 1  ear infection really bad stomach pains, emtional problems i hate taking this it has made me so miserable for the last couple of days and i dont think i could take this fr 7 days..its a horrible drug. it doesnt make you feel better it makes you feel worse F 18 3 days
3/1/2009

 2  Sinusitis Diarrea, woke one night and red faces were pouring out of my walls and my carpet was on fire. Never hallucinated before in my whole life. Dreams of my own death, death of those closest to me. Extremely bad taste in my mouth. Kept me up for 48 hours with the first dose... I'm glad I'm not the only one who had these symptoms. DO NOT take unless you are in bad, bad shape. Avoid this drug. Dangerous, in my opinion. M 25 5 days
2/28/2009
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 3  2nd sinus infection in a month HORRIBLE taste in mouth, could be described as metallic or kinda like aerosol spray on your tounge I have the generic (clarithromyc)500 mg, 2X a day for 2 weeks.currently on day 3, I thought I was CRAZY... never heard of this side effect!! Worked wonderful for infection, felt better the 2nd day. Dont think I would take again, I will try another... Taste is THAT BAD!! F 30 14 days
2/26/2009

 1  upper respiratory infection severe anxiety, muscle cramping, heart palpitations, increase in blood pressure, pressure in ears, nausea, dizziness, symptoms persist months after completion of medication F 45 5 days
2/26/2009
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 5  Bronchitis Metallic taste, slight anxiety (nothing I couldn't deal with) I'm on day 6 of 10 and so far so good. The mettalic taste is annoying, but the side effect of cleaning out my sinuses has made me discover a new drug, oxygen. M 39 6 days
2/24/2009

 1  Lyme Disease/Babesia Emotional outburst, insomnia then deep, deep sleep with extreme vivid dreams. Could not determine between reality and dream states. Began to become paranoid, hallucinate and had extreme anxiety and delusions. I saw visions of myself dying and was having suicidal thoughts and desires to rage. I cried for 3-4 hours straight and felt complete insane. I am a strong person and never expected a medicine to have such a negative effect. The Kaiser doctor tried to say that suicidal thoughts were typically not a symptom but I have seen it on many sights!!! I ended up in a pysch ward for the first time in my life. I completely lost my sense of reality and admitted myself because I was worried I was a danger to myself or society. This drug was HORRIBLE and we need to gather for a class action suit!!! This drug should not be on the market if other antibiotics can be used to clear up the infection. F 27 9 days
2/24/2009

 1  Pharyngitis Heart palpitations - extreme dizziness, felt disconnected from the world - anxiety/panic attacks for 4 months, tingling on left side of body, zero white blood cell count after taking biaxin and having lab work done horrible medication - I would not recommend this medication to anyone!!!! F 40 4 days
2/23/2009
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 1  Sinus Infection Insomnia, nervousness, stomach aches, bad taste I quit taking after 3 days. Two days later I am still feeling the effects. M 33 3 days
2/23/2009

 2  Sinus infection insomnia, and as a result, clinical exhaustion I would wake up after less than four hours of sleep and could not return to a sleep state. I would go to work wired, return home exhausted and repeated the cycle until I experienced complete exhaustion to the point of extreme mood swings and hallucinations. My infection symptoms were relieved within a few hours, but since rest is needed to the road to wellness, I could never achieve that with this drug. M 40 3 days
2/22/2009

 1  Pneumonia hallucinating, really bad taste on tounge, rash, decrease in heart rate, mind raceing thinking my heart going to stop or stop breathing, veins hideing, stuck gas that hurts to get out, dizziness, fainting, really small puple's, feeling like some one was stabbing my stomach many time with a needle, tingleing in hands and feet, tense stomach mucsle, trouble focusing eyes, auras like no tmr, heart pain, thrash, yeast infection, back pain, sever stomach cramps and shape pain, purple feet, loss of sight. cannot go number 2, hearing loss, and ringing, numbness in legs, pores opend up, shaking of the eyes, rib and chest pain, cough syrup not working, sharp pain in lungs when ares are down, joint pain, siatice nerve pain, twiching, loss of words, boan pain, itchy, pee uncontrolably, yellow pee when i drink 8 glasses, spiting up foam, troble, constite uncomfortable, high high anxiety, crying for no reason, loss of time, black circuls under eyes, lost color in skin, craving fresh air, loss of m Biaxin is somthing you never want to be taking. I have already been diagnosed with high anxiety, to where after taking biaxin xl I started having suicidal thoughs. The first night of taking it I hallucinated seeing my deceased father as an angel. I dont not recomend taking this drug! My mother has taken it three times and now scares me of how her behaviour is, thinking the devils after her. I dont know why this medication is still subcribed. It helped with the fluid on the lungs, but the hallucinations are become far worse than it ever was and I only took it for five days today is day six.... please dont take it! F 18 5 days
2/22/2009
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 1  H. Pylori Awful metallic taste in mouth, extreme nausea, heart palpitations, chest tightness, anxiety-related symptoms. Do everything you can not to take this medication. Its really awful. I should have listened to the other postings. I almost ended up in the ER with my heart racing/chest palpitations. Day 3 was the worst with the taste in your mouth. So bad you cant sleep. I tried to suck it up but I had to quit on Day 6. Not worth it. M 38 5 days
2/18/2009

 1   Terrible side effects Became very very sick. I have not felt the same since I stopped taking it 2 months ago. F 36 8 days
2/17/2009

 1  sinus infection bad insomnia. can't shut my brain off, but am getting physically tired. wierd dreams. wierd taste in mouth. To the lady that almost passed out. that can be serious---an abnormality in the heart rhythm. don't re-start this drug. F 36 7 days
2/16/2009

 1  Lyme disease extreme emotional outbursts, sudden shrieking, zero emotional control, felt like I was going crazy, no metallic taste My Lyme doctor said my symptoms were just a Lyme die-off reaction (herx), but these are not typical herx symptoms for me, and after seeing this site, I believe my symptoms are from Biaxin F 23 15 days
2/15/2009

 5  Pneumonia Racing heart beat 1-5 hrs after each dose. Taste of crushed Aspiring in mouth 24/7. To relieve the overpowering bitter taste in my mouth I intermittently chewed on black liquorice. I took the pill with peanut butter, crackers and a lot of fluids - helped as well. The patient reports of Biaxin side-effects on this site are to be noted as true and regrettable. However, I bless the scientists that provide us with treatment choices, and extend our lives. In not so distant past this exprience could have ended in a one-way trip to the cemetery for me. F 62 10 days
2/11/2009

 3  possible pneumonia or chest infecti Watery mouth, nausea 1 hour after 1st dose, metallic taste in mouth When I saw the scrip for Biaxin, I wasn't sure it was what I remembered hating. Sooo, I filled the prescription, took my first dose, felt nauseous and went to bed. Woke up with watery mouth and metallic taste. No biggie, I'm used the the metallic taste as I've taken Zyban before. BUT, I decided to check here and sure enough, this drug is the one! My old post is still here from when I took it in 2007 and felt so hungry I absolutely HAD to eat, but I made myself sick eating too much, yet I physically had hunger pains WHILE I was eating! As I mentioned, took Zyban a few times before and had diff side effects each time, except the metallic taste always stuck. Hoping this time around with Biaxin is different. I'm a little worried since last time around 2 out of the 4 side effects I listed previously have already hit! My house doesn't usually stink but this morning I can't shake the feeling that it stinks in here! Brand new garbage bag, and my daughter happens to have just cleaned F 31 1 days
2/11/2009

 1  Sinus infection sleeplessness, racing thoughts, anxiety, extreme sweating. hallucinations, nightmares. chest pain. I haven't slept more than an hr in 39 hours. my mind is still racing. I have chest pain. I had bizarre dreams that hr that I did sleep. I have sweat constantly since my first dose. Normally I am a cold person. Extreme night sweats. I am staving off anxiety attacks. This is unbelievable. I have taken tons of valerian, hops, gaba - nothing helps me sleep. It doesn't even phase me. F 26 2 days
2/11/2009

 5  Pneumonia Severe anxiety, felt like I could not breath but pulse Ox showed I was getting oxygen. Hallucination. for 6 hours, I repeated the word "yeah" I just related to the anxiety. BAD experience. I doubled up on the first dosed which I should not have. Within 24 to 48 hours I was fine. It started with the first dose. I only took a total of 3 pills. F 42 1 days
2/9/2009
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 4  sinus infection nasty taste in mouth,hunger pains, then 3 days in experienced almost passing out, dizziness, shaking in my legs, feels like my eyes can't focus fast enough, weakness It seemed to make the sinus infection go away and I was pleased up until the 3rd evening when all of a sudden I felt like I was not in control of my body and I was going to pass out. I called the pharmacist and she said that its normal to feel "weird" when taking antibiotics and that I should keep taking it. I took 1 more dose then after that I stopped. Couldn't handle the dizziness and weakness. F 30 4 days
2/9/2009

 2  chest infection diarrhea, severe insomnia, anxiety,panic attacks, agitation, constant metallic taste ok. I can handle the diarrhea as that's common with antibiotics and even the metallic taste. But the anxiety and insomnia were just horrible. And all this after only 2 days (4 pills). I will never take this medication again. It made me sicker when I was already very ill recovering from a chest infection. F 37 2 days
2/9/2009

 1  Sinus Infection, Bronchitis Insomnia, panic attacks, depression, thoughts of suicide, confusion, paranoia, irritablity, racing thoughts, severe sore throat I am a very healthy, normal person, and I have no history of mental illness. After just two doses I felt like I was going completely insane. I was having random, weird, racing thoughts. I couldn't sleep for more than a half hour at a time. I woke up on night 2 at 2 am crying and couldn't stop crying for over 13 hours. I was severely depressed, paranoid, and was having thoughts of suicide. This medicine incapacitated me, I couldn't even take care of my children. I was told by the doctor's office that none of this could happen after just 2 doses...but it did. Doctors need to be aware of this side effect. I am reporting Biaxin to the FDA. I really don't think that these side effects were worth the risk. Very scary. F 28 2 days
2/9/2009

 1  Chest Infection Severe stomach pain, heart arythmia, weight loss, diarrhea, severe tremors, severe generalized anxiety, borderline psychosis F 34 3 days
2/7/2009
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 5  Sinus / Ear / Throat Infection Bitter taste in my mouth upon waking up and a substantial increase in appetite This product worked wonders - I had been going around for almost two weeks without sleeping because of a bad cold and within 1 day of taking Biaxin I was able to sleep that night (although I do wake up with a vile taste in my mouth - but what a small price to pay) F 40 3 days
2/4/2009

 1  Sinus infection metal taste in mouth, weird dreams, strange thoughts, Thank God I found this site to confirm I was not nuts. I took this for 2 days. On the 2nd day (after the 3rd pill) I started having a horrendous metal taste in my mouth. I couldn't sleep and when I did sleep, I was having very strange dreams. When awake I had thoughts of dying and would sit and cry thinking I was dying. I got on line and found this site and then realized I wasn't nuts afterall. I never have side effects from medication but this by far is the worst medication I have ever taken. NEVER AGAIN! F 51 2 days
2/4/2009
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 3  sinus infection horrible metallic taste which peaked on day 3, dry mouth which peaked on day 3, shakiness, nausea, intense dreams while the side effects were at times difficult to tolerate, within 32 hours, i was feeling no tooth or sinus pain. F 25 10 days
2/2/2009

 1  bronchitis Made my wife wacky. She was hallucinating. I couldn't sleep Both my wife and I had bronchitis and were given Biaxin. My wife started to hallucinate after the second day and then got a little crazy. She wasn't making much sense, and our children were very worried. I couldn't sleep and felt like I was on speed. M 74 4 days
2/2/2009

 5  sinus infection...again a little diarrhea and mild headache. Biaxin XL 500mg X 2 Once a day for 10 days. I have suffered with sinus infection at least 1 -2 times a year for over 10 years. I have had a sinus operation and still suffered until I took this drug. This is my first time taking it and I am impressed....my sinus cleared in 5 days and I feel great after suffering for so long with the pressure and having to breath through my mouth. Now will my sinus problem come back ? I sure hope not...but if it does I will ask for this drug. I am very concerned about the side affects and how they effect others I have read about....if I need this drug again I will post if I have any additional side affects. I recommend the drug ! M 57 10 days
1/29/2009

 3  Ear Infection My 6 yr. old took this for an ear infection and she could not stand the horrible taste. She completely lost her appetite because of the taste of this medicine. She was spitting constantly to get rid of the foul taste. I stopped the medication after approx. 6 days but it tooks WEEKS to get over the bad taste in her mouth. It just would not go away, and the loss of appetite/spitting lasted for weeks also. It did work well on her ear infection though. Horrible taste in mouth that lasts for weeks after stopping taking medicine, loss of appetite due to the horrible taste in mouth. F 40 6 days
1/28/2009

 5  Sinus infection None Took it 6 months ago for ear infection and worked beautifully. Working for me again :-) F 49 14 days
1/27/2009

 4  walking pneumonia Metallic taste in mouth, headache, a little bit of stomach upset. While I have been experiencing some of the reported side effects, they are far better than continuing to suffer with pneumonia. I'm on day three of 2 pills (500 mg each pill) daily for ten days and am able to breathe a lot easier. I had almost forgotten what it was like to breathe without restriction! My cough is productive now, and my chest and diaphragm area no longer hurt. Like all meds, they are prescribed because the doctor feels it is more beneficial to you than its side effects. As for the mental health issues, I am diagnosed with depression and anxiety, was medicated for it over a year ago, and this med has done nothing to bring that out. If anything, I'm happier that I'm actually getting better and am not too bothered with the bad taste in my mouth. That bad taste lasts only for a few hours after the dose. I also want to add that I'd rather deal with this at home than be admitted to a hospital. F 35 3 days
1/25/2009

 1  Clarithromycin for Bronchitis Terrible bitter taste in my mouth. Took my second dose (prescription calls for 2 500mg. tabs per day) and within a few minutes got this terrible bitter taste in my mouth. Still have it this morning. A bit of an upset stomach, did not get much sleep. Do not intend to take another pill. Can't deal with the taste in my mouth. F 60 1 days
1/24/2009

 1  Bronchitis Horrible taste in my mouth! Wake up constantly at night (have never had this problem before), severe depression (normally do not have this),diarrhea a couple of times, some headaches, stomach cramps with weird stomach noises, loss of appetite. I do not recommend taking this medication. I have NEVER had side effects from a medication that were noticeable in my life. I have always finished my antibiotics but after taking this 2X a day for 4 days with 6 days remaining, I called the pharmacist and was told to discontinue. They will hopefully call something completely different in for me. Hope everyone feels better soon! M 26 4 days
1/24/2009

 2  Bronchitis I only took one pill and was worse than when I went into the doctors. A couple hours after taking the medication I started vomiting, experiencing horrible diarrhea, an enormous headache that lasted all day. I slept all day just to recover from the medication. The symptoms were worse than my original ailment, so I was urged by family and friends not to take it again. I feel better without it. Very disappointed that the PA that prescribed it didn't even mention the side effects. F 27 1 days
1/21/2009

 4  Chronic sinus infections Funny taste in mouth, seemed to make my blood sugar drop significantly (I am hypoglycemic) I had been on two doses of augmentin but my sinus infections kept coming back over the course of several months. This actually cleared the infection almost immediately although my doctor prescribed Biaxin for 4 weeks. A warning to all, steroids and z-packs that I had previously been prescribed actually leech your bones and make them brittle. If your side effects are just moderately troublesome on this drug, it is certainly a better alternative to steroids which are the only other thing that has worked for me in the past. F 26 4 weeks
1/20/2009

 4  Sinus Infection Strong metallic taste. Sometimes an upset stomach. Really bad headaches. I just finished a ten-day prescription for a sinus infection. The only unbearable side effect is the headaches. My last dose was yesterday morning and today I still have the headaches. Besides for that, the other effects were bearable and the infection has gone away. M 25 10 days
1/19/2009

 4  Bronchitis, Sinusitis Nausea, horrible metallic taste in mouth, severe gas, stomach cramps I was put on Biaxin 500mg twice daily for Bronchitis and sinusitis. Day 1 I had no side effects at all. Day 2 mild metallic taste in mouth but bearable, very sleepy all day and spacey feeling. Day 3 HORRIBLE matallic taste, unbearable,and was worse when coughing, was constantly snacking and drinking trying to get rid of taste. I found that peanut butter and crackers help alot with this. Also when I would blow my nose, it would smell like an ashtray, coming from that taste I believe. Day 3 very nauseated, wanting to gag but never vomited. Metallic taste still very bad but as the day went it got better. No appetite all day. The rest of course of medicine was bearable. No more nausea after day 3. Metallic taste persisted but not as bad as day 3. Biaxin did clear bronchitis(and I had a very bad case) and it cleared the sinusitis too. I would reccomend this drug, the side effects are tough but not as bad as the bronchitis I had. F 26 10 days
1/15/2009
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 2  Sinusitis & otitis media Bitter taste, stomach pain, insomnia, night sweats I was on Biaxin for 1 year when I was 13 and had bitter taste and stomach pain nonstop. Took it again when I was 29 for sinusitis and middle ear infection, neither of which it's really effective for anyway. Doctor's error. But this time in addition to taste and stomach I got severe severe severe insomnia and night sweats. I'd finally fall asleep around 5am despite taking Xanax, Ambien, and Codeine, all of which should have knocked me out!! I would wake up a few hours later soaking, drenched wet with sweat from night sweats. Had to change clothes, sheets, etc. Got so dehydrated I picked up another infection...I stopped the Biaxin and the insomnia/night sweats went away. This web site helped me figure out I wasn't alone in experiencing insomnia/night sweats on Biaxin despite the PDR being unclear about those as a side effect of the drug. F 29 4 days
1/15/2009

 4  Bronchitis and Sinus infection Anything normally sweet in taste, tasted vile beginning only about 5 hours after taking the first dose. Sleeplessness and slight headache, but no mood swings or depression. No stomach problems since I took with food. I am on my 8th dose of 10 - 500MG once daily(extended release tablets), and am only now really beginning to feel better. Have not taken any other drug while on this, since I wasn`t sure if sinus/cough meds would interect adversely with this. F 42 8 days
1/7/2009

 2  Sinusitis infection and bronchitis I had the following side effects: insomnia, anxiety, extreme pain throughout my body & joints, panic attacks, depression, heart palpitation felt hot as if burning from the inside out then cold with chills and at times the shakes. Tightness in chest along with chest and back pain. Bleeding gums and constant nasal drip down throat during sleep. Loss of sex drive which returned towards the end of the perscription. I noticed that after the 7th day if taking this drug, I actually felt better like myself again, however, it was short felt as in the evening I experienced a most terrible pain in my stomach and the feeling of needing to burp but couldn't - this lasted almost 30 minutes then with a huge burp along with acid reflux my stomach settled. This is the first time I have taken this drug, usually my doctor perscribes Amoxcillin to fight the infection caused by sinusitis/bronchitis, however, this time my doctor was away so I went to a clinic in my area where a doctor told me that this drug would help. My first day after the 10 days on it and I am currently experiencing again the joint pain, chills, stomach upset and general fatgue. M 47 10 days
1/5/2009
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 1  Chest Infection I am working on a website to help people who have been damaged by this drug. Biaxin ruined my life. It caused me to go crazy. My heart was screwed up. It ravaged my body. It almost destroyed my family. It took an entire year to shake off the mental effects of this drug. Words cannot describe. Do not take this drug. Report your side effects if you do! Especially the mental ones! This drug cost me well over ten grand!! F 34 3 days
1/4/2009
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 1  Sinus Infection Fast heart rate, fatigue, chills, diarrhea, and bad aftertaste in mouth. Stop taking pills after second dose. F 34 2 days
1/4/2009

 1  bronchitis I broke out in a red inflammed rash on the 3rd day of taking this drug. It took 2 days for the rash to clear entirely. My Dr recommened to stop use. Now, my joints in my knees, wrists, fingers, and ankles are very sore. I will be returning to my physician to find the cause. I believe I am allergic to the drug. M 30 3 days
1/3/2009

 3  Sinus infection/bronchitis Dizziness, stomache cramps, pelvic (testicular) discomfort, mentally hazy and distant, diarrhea, depression, sadness, helplessness, constant cigarette smell and taste, headache (maybe from lack of coffee). I was given 24 days of Biaxin with 7 days of prednisone. I started getting shaky and pelvic discomfort immediately. My wife and I thought it was the prednisone because of how strong it is. I finished the prednisone and symptoms persisted and grew more severe. Relationship with wife suffered because infection cleared but was mentally absent. We researched and came across this site. This site made me feel less of a horrible husband. I stopped taking Biaxin after 12 days. Will never go back to it. It's a relationship crusher! M 29 12 days
1/2/2009

 1  sinus infection and bronchitis I had the following side effects:insomnia,anxiety,extreme pain throughout my body,panic attacks,depression,heart palpitation,felt hot like burning from the inside out,no appetite;but could eat when food is in front of me, nausea and feeling like I am going CRAZY!!! Add more of these side effects experienced by patients on biaxin to the side effects list that pharmacists issue upon filling out one's prescription. F 53 5 days
1/2/2009

 2  respiratory infection mood changes/swings (I was so cranky), abdominal pain and discomfort, nausea, trouble sleeping, tired, head felt heavy, headaches, bad taste in mouth, felt like I was going crazy, small bumps on stomach (rash?), sweating/fever (mostly at night a few hours after I took this medicine. If you have a bad enough infection it's worth it. I took it for ten days, and my doctor should have given me something less strong. From day one I started taking the pills I knew something was wrong, but my mother told me to take them anyway. My boyfriend noticed I would gte cranky, and then I realized I was only like this after I had taken the pills. The last day I didn't take them with food, I woke up in the middle of the night sweating, feverish and had a lot of discomfort in my stomach. Since antibiotics mess with birth control, I thought I was pregnant, because after one and a half days I still had the nausea. I looked up this medicine just to see if my symptoms could be lasting, and I found all these horror stories. I would advise someone to take an alternative other than this medicine! If you do have to take this medicine, I advise you take it a few hours before you go to bed, and rest a lot. F 18 10 days
12/28/2008

 1   Extremely bad metal tasste in my mouth The metallic taste is unbearable. I called doctor and she said to eat peanut butter or potatoe chips with the med. Surprisingly, this worked. It is very difficult to plan potatoe chips or peanut butter into my pill regimine but anything is better than that taste. I am now worried about other side effect since reading these ratings. I already have the crying and will be monitoring myself closely for other side effects. If peanut butter won't fix those then I'm calling to get something else. F 26 2 days
12/20/2008

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