BIAXIN XL Reviews

Average Rating: 2.5 (160 Ratings)

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 1  flu like symptons After taking the second pill I suffer severe hearing loss and now have hearing aids in both ears. Do not take, not worth the risk... M 62 2 days
1X D
2/1/2020
 1  
1X D
7/19/2018
 1  Inner ear infection I ended up in the ER. Blood pressure was 195/92. Pounding heart. I could not move my body - spatial problems. I felt like I took acid. I couldn't put a cup to my mouth or drink water. I wasn't 100% sure of the year and date. My entire body moves with my pulse. Heavy body - like I'm walking through mud. I feel like I am 2 inches tall. Losing my motor control was terrifying - stroke symptoms. 20 Biaxin pills will cost me tens of thousands in ER bills - and I STILL HAVE MY INNER EAR INFECTION! The worst thing was waking up my family at 0300 and freaking out because I couldn't move my arms. Complete disconnect neurologically. I had the metallic taste but that I could live with. F 54 10 days
500 mg 2X D
7/19/2018
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 1  Sinusitis Cold sweats, general sense of confusion, anxiety, couldn't sleep, extreme fatigue, palpitations, numbness in the face hands and legs, loss of apetite. I didn't felt anything the first day except the apetite loss, effects started kicking in on the second and third day. I felt like I was dying. M 26 3 days
1g 1X D
6/17/2018
 1  Ear infection For the first few days, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and feeling exhausted. After that, I've developed a painful rash that is like acne but not all over my cheeks, forehead, and neck. After reading other comments I'm afraid it will not go away. I have had nightmares, trouble sleeping, and headaches. F 28 8 days
500 2X D
1/18/2018
 1  Sinus infection Horrible antibiotic! Got rid of my infection. But I thought I was losing my mind!! Depressed, crying, NO appetite, lightheaded, weak limbs, fatigue, general malaise, dry mouth, horrible thoughts and dream, continual nauseaus, chest pain, hearing loss, steer clear of this drug! Never again. I thought it was all me until I found this forum. 5 days after finishing drug I am still weak, exhausted but depression is starting to lift. F 58 10 days
1000
7/18/2017
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 5  Acute Flare-Up of Chronic Sinusitis Mild diarrhea, stomach cramps, cool night sweats, vivid dreaming, heart palpitations on occasion Medication works well on both sinus and lower respiratory infections. Side effects can be minimized by taking probiotics, drinking plenty of fluids and resting as much as possible. M 54 7 days
1000 1X D
5/7/2017
 1  Sinusitis Severe burning pain to right shoulder, loss of strength to right shoulder, pain with movement increases. pain at rest. No prior history of this kind of pain prior taking med. Dr diagnosed it as an adverse reaction of myalgia and tendinitis that now two months later feels worse rather than better. prescribing dr denied the possible correlation. My regular MD (not the prescribing dr) now treating me with physical therapy F 42 10 days
250 2X D
3/20/2017
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 3  sinus/upper respiratory First day took meds at dinner with food and had severe stomach pain/nausea throughout the night. Horrible taste in mouth, dizzy, insomnia, sweats. Phoned Dr. to see if I could switch medication and was advised to take medication in the morning so that it has time to work it self out of your system. Drink lots of water and move around as much as possible. After doing this it was more tolerable. I still felt dizzy/week and mild upset stomach, but by day 5 I was feeling much better. My Dr. advised that she recommended this drug for a reason and needed something to get rid of my 3 back to back sinus infections. Hopefully this does the trick! F 44 10 days
1000 1X D
1/24/2016
 5  constant cough & sinus I make sure I take it with plenty of food & water. Some diarrhea. Sore throat (virus) day six, but nothing I can't handle. Well worth the benefit !! This has been my go-to antibiotic when I get to a bronchitis sets in from post nasal drip. Never disappoints me, feel great in 3 days or less but must and DO complete the 10 days as per the Doc's instructions. M 60 10 days
500 X 2 1X D
1/12/2016
 2  Prevent infection after surgery Weak, euphoric feeling in legs and arms (unpleasant), severe anxiety, confusion, hot/ cold shivers, clay coloured stools, severe cramps, insomnia, night sweats. I would recommend asking for a different drug if your doctor tries prescribing this medication. F 18 4 days
N/A 1X D
12/22/2015
 5  Bronchitis Bad aftertaste, awful gas, mild stomach pain. Nothing I couldn't deal with. Had a cold turn into severe bronchitis over the Thanksgiving holiday. Had never taken this before and wasn't aware of possible side effects until I read up on the meds after I picked them up. The side effects were minor (excessive farting was the worst) and I started feeling better by the third day. On day 9 now and am coughing what's left out. Almost feel normal again for the first time in three weeks. Also took Mucinex, Vitamin C and Ecanecea vitamins. M 36 10 days
500 MG 2X D
12/7/2015
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 1  bronchitis Worst drug i have ever taken. I stopped taking it after 5 days. I have severe stomach pain. Have had it for 4 days since i stopped talking the drug. Going to doc tmr to see how i can get better. Do not take this drug its poison. Terrible drug! M 30 5 days
500
10/17/2015
 1  upper respiratory infection Please...listen to others on here...do not take this medication. It didn't do anything for 2 days. Then the nightmares started. I'm talking about the most horrific nightmares I ever had. Then you wake up with the most horrible taste in your mouth. And if you suffer from anxiety, this medication will make it 1000x worse.And the lower back pain hurt so much I couldn't walk. Also made me feel very out of breathe I'm not even going to finish this medication. Will call tomorrow and beg doctor to switch me F 10 days
500 2X D
9/7/2015
 1  Chest congestion 2 hours after taking the first dose unbearable stomach pain vomiting and dry heaves the whole entire night weak ankles and rapid heartbeat horriible metallic taste I'm my mouth that is still here the next day from just one pill can not take this medication and I have been on a lot of antibiotics this is by far the worst ever stopped it F 57 1 days
500MG 2X D
8/12/2015
 5  Hypersomnia Insomnia, mental confusion, lower back pain(muscular), depression, acidic stomach, mild headache. It helped a lot reading the truth about this drug here. The only thing that I found was almost intolerable, was the lower back pain, but I managed to mitigate this some with stretching exercises. I agree that it's a poison, of sorts. But for the purposes I needed it, I was willing to accept that. First off, let me say that the reason I'm satisfied with the medication, despite the side effects, is that my physician prescribed it for me to test the effect, on my problem with daytime sleepiness possibly related to my GABA-A receptors. This test proved that I may benefit from other more tolerable medications which help me modify this receptor's sensitivity. M 53 10 days
1000
7/18/2015
 3  Chest throat sinus infection The first night I had a strong metalic taste, woke up in night soaked from sweat, upset stomach, my hands felt weird, bad dream. Next night I took pepto bismal to protect my stomach. It made a difference. I now after 5 days am tired and lethargic. Other side effects are gone. When I take the 1000mg before bed I feel numb and very tired and in the day lethargic. Hoping the Meds kick in and I start feeling better soon. F 64 7 days
500mg x 2 1X D
6/8/2015
 1  pnemonia / sick/cough THIS DRUG IS POISION! Beware, do not take this drug! Was presribed it for pneumonia. Took drug for only 3 days - 500mg x 2 daily. Stopped after 3 days. Extreme panic and anxiety-loss of reality, felt like a bad horrible drug trip, stayed awake four days straight , scared for my life, thought I was going crazy and having nervous breakdown, wanted to go to emergency room, stomach felt horrible, head felt heavy, zero appetite, scared for life scared to be alone, crying non stop, horrible nightmares, horrible night sweats, hot and cold feelings, felt weak, and so scared, symptoms still there after 2 days off medicine. Called dr, gave me Xanax, was able to sleep with only a few nightmares last night I take 5 mg of lexapro at night and Wellbutrin 150 mg in am. Called advice on call dr,. He said it was just me and I was just experiencing anxiety- due to my mental health. He was 100% wrong. It was the biaxin. This drug is poison!!! I keep telling myself it will get better. Off biaxin for 2.5 d off biaxin for 4 days, still feel side effects, cant sleep or function without taking xanax right when the sun goes down. anxiety still bad, stomach ache, headache, body / movements dont function right, body tired, mind not - no appetite, reporting drug to FDA- its poision F 34 4 days
500mg 2X D
4/2/2015
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 1  Pneumonia THIS DRUG IS POISION! Beware, do not take this drug! Was presribed it for pneumonia. Took drug for only 3 days - 500mg x 2 daily. Stopped after 3 days. Extreme panic and anxiety-loss of reality, felt like a bad horrible drug trip, stayed awake four days straight , scared for my life, thought I was going crazy and having nervous breakdown, wanted to go to emergency room, stomach felt horrible, head felt heavy, zero appetite, scared for life scared to be alone, crying non stop, horrible nightmares, horrible night sweats, hot and cold feelings, felt weak, and so scared, symptoms still there after 2 days off medicine. Called dr, gave me Xanax, was able to sleep with only a few nightmares last night I take 5 mg of lexapro at night and Wellbutrin 150 mg in am. Called advice on call dr,. He said it was just me and I was just experiencing anxiety- due to my mental health. He was 100% wrong. It was the biaxin. This drug is poison!!! I keep telling myself it will get better. Off biaxin for 2.5 days, still strongly feel sptoms, but not as bad as when I was takin drug. I keep tellin myself it will get better, my anxiety is still crippling and extreme. F 34 3 days
500 mg- 2x
3/31/2015
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 1  Sinus Infection By second day had terrible metallic taste, horrible nightmares & severe insomnia. very nauseous I lost 40 pounds in 8 weeks. blood pressure 180/ 120 with heart rate of 140. Was sent to a cardiologist & gastroenterologist. tremor in left hand and foot, slight tremor still in left hand. bad anxiety...like I couldn't breathe sometimes. $3000. copay and they found I had an enlarge the duct in my pancreas. The Dr thought I had pancreatic cancer. also all doctors said it couldn't be still from the Biaxin, but it was. put on 6 medications to bring down blood pressure and increase appetite, some sleeping pills for 2 months. one year later I am pretty much back to myself. horrible medication with horrible side effects! I've read biaxin has been taken off the market in England and Australia due to high mortality from heart attacks during the trials on this drug. I reported all of this to the FDA as should everyone else! F 60 9 days
2 x 500 mg
12/13/2014
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BIAXIN XL  (CLARITHROMYCIN):  Clarithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial respiratory tract infections. Clarithromycin is known as a macrolide antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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