Average Rating: 1.5 (40 Ratings)

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 3  Chest infection After starting the first day I feel that these are working but then the side effects came especially at night coughing up all sorts running nose I put this down to chest infection clearing up .day 3 started to feel nauseous and taking hot flushes I spoke to my doctor whom instructed me to finish the course but after day 5 I just couldn't take them anymore. I went back to my work but had to come home early as I felt ill and went to my bed I believe that although these may clear up infection. Be prepared for some terrible side effects..if you can get your doctor to give you Doxycline instead M 61 5 days
500 2X D
 1  Bacterial infection Sickly feeling constantly, metallic taste in mouth constant , aching tired joints, sweating, felt very fed up, took myself off to bed as often as I could , the actual infection I wasn't even unwell with ! Not nice at all F 50 7 days
50mg 2X D
 1  Cillitis Nauseous diarrhoea sweating shaking fever can't eat anxiety I will never take again F 65 5 days
500mg 2X D
 1  Abscess in groin area I always react badly to antibiotics, and after discovering a penicillin allergy I was prescribed these. Absolutely the worst drug I have ever taken!!! By day three I had severe stomach pain, diarrhoea, blurred vision, bladder pain, was unable to stop crying and was suicidal. I have never felt this bad before. 9 months later I am still suffering with diarrhoea and depression. I am worried about what sort of damage these have done. Avoid if you possibly can! This drug has severe side-effects and should be discontinued F 29 10 days
2X D
 5  Helicobacter Pylori Worst antibiotic ever taken. I experienced stomach pain, insomnia, muscle twitches all over the body, terrible taste in my mouth, churning tummy, loss of appetite, terrible anxiety and panic attacks I really don't recommend taking it. It has very bad side effects F 55 10 days
1000mg 2X D
 1  H.pylori eradication Breathing trouble, chest tightness, severe weakness, Feeling sick, dry nose and post nasal drip . Most uncomfortable macrolide with lot of side effects M 54 14 days
1000 mg 2X D
 1  Sinus I took this antibiotic once in jan and finished my second course last Friday...first course I didn't feel right..put it down too infection and slight side effect...been backwards n forwards too doc in the last 2 weeks...honestly thought something was seriously wrong with me...went too doc this morning cos still dont feel right...ended yo in A&E last saturday...extreme dizziness...twitching...muscle aches..ringing in the ears ..sweating...headaches...fatigue..hallucinations..endless symptoms....this second course has completely knocked me for 6...spoke and hes put it down too these horrific tablets and noted I'm not too be prescribed them again...I asked when will these affects go and hes told me in the next 2 or 3 days...I pray they do never have I experienced a reaction too antibiotics like these before never will I go near these again F 52 7 days
250x2 1X AN
 1  Sinus Infection This is a very strong medicine, My doctor prescribed this for Sinus infection, but I shouldn't have taken this, I'm on 5th day taking this and suffering from diaherea, nausea, depression, headaches and I dont feel any improvements and still feel the same sinus symptoms. I don't know how I'm going to finish this and I have another 9days to complete. I wouldn't recommend this antibiotic to anyone who has infection and prescribed by ENT. It's taking my life away and I would rather live with Sinus instead of taking this crazy medicine. M 31 14 days
500MG 2X D
 3  glandular fever gave me laughing fits & made me feel euphoric the first time i took it. but also gave me insomnia. also had a horrible taste in my mouth. F 16 8 weeks
500 2X D
 1  Chest infection Nauseated and diarrhoea. horrible drug. Terribly sore aching legs and joints, hurts to walk. Heart palpitations and numbness of arm. Swollen ankles. Dr insisted it was the same as roxythromycin which I tolerate. Thinking about going to the ed as I feel so awful. They need to discontinue this drug! F 40 13 days
500 2X D
 1  Sinus infection Dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, pain in the tummy area, panic attack, hot flashes, cold sweats, heart Going rapidly. Severely dehydrated I wouldn't suggest to anyone to take this medication. F 39 10 days
1000mg 2X D
 3  Ear and sinus infection After taking it for 9 days I had an extreme reaction of nausea and dizziness accompanied with heart palpitations and rapid breathing, since I only had another day left of treatment I will finish it, I hope it doesn't kill me!!! F 62 10 days
500 MG 2X D
 3  Ear and sinus infection After taking it for 9 days I had an extreme reaction of nausea and dizziness accompanied with heart palpitations and rapid breathing, since I only had another day left of treatment I will finish it, I hope it doesn't kill me!!! F 62 10 days
500 MG 2X D
 1  For a boil Absolutely awful! The nausea was bad enough but then the vomiting every night before bed was what made me stop this horrendous tablet! Its just vile. Every time I burped could taste this awful metallic taste. I was hungry to the point my stomach was rumbling and I felt sick through hunger then would eat and be sick! Never want to take this again I have an allergy to penicillin which is why they tend to give me this F 41 7 days
2X D
 4  Chest infection Wierd taste in mouth, insomnia and a little stomach pain that went away quickly I've had to take this before as a suspension and experienced no side effects. M 14 7 days
500mg 2X D
 1  Cyst Hands down the worst medication I have ever been prescribed. I had a cyst on my groin which needed antibiotics. I started with a sick feeling metallic taste and tiredness. I took another before bed and then the real fun began. Didn't sleep a wink. Heart palpitations, severe anxiety. Leg pains and stomach aches. Basically cried for 6 hours through the night!! Thought I was going insane. Until I googled this page and saw most people had experienced something similar. This medication floored me mentally and physically Will never take this again F 35 0 days
50 2X D
 1  Sinus infection Extreme nausea, cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, loss of taste, tingling in scalp Horrible side effects, worst I've ever felt from an antibiotic F 37 2 days
250 2X D
 1  Pneumonia Fear of impending doom, insomnia, delusions, confusion, delirium, heart arrhythmia, chest pain, presyncope, headache, metallic taste, distorted smell Horrible psychosis like side effects (I don't have a history of mental illness). It felt like I no longer existed and that I was floating through space. At the same time I was writing down all my thoughts and memories for in case I die. After a night of panic and confusion my mind cleared again as my fever dropped from 40.5C to 38C. But the calm lasted only briefly. In the afternoon (after my second dose) my heart suddenly started to pound like someone was jumping on my chest. After I nearly passed out it stopped as quickly as it started. Then I called my doctor and he said the side effects would resolve after a day or two. I asked for a different antibiotic. I denied ciprofloxacin (read the side effects) and was put on doxycycline. The pneumonia cleared over the next week but a persistant pressure on my chest remained. I'm worried the Clarithromycin damaged my heart as I'm still out of breath often even after five years. My doctor did a quick cardiac assessment and couldn't find anything concerning. I requested an ECG and ultrasound but he thought it was unnecessary because of my age. I'll never take this dreadful pill again. M 25 2 days
500 mg
 1  Cellulitis Exceptional bloating , extreme dizziness , awful taste in mouth, shaking ,impaired memory which is so unusual as I have a fantastic memory. Halucinatuin and nightmares and constantly felt spaced out. I have finished the course and cellulitis has gone but I am still left with a very extended and painful stomach , I am concerned that this is potentially a very frightening drug that I will really avoid in the future. F 69 7 days
500 2X D
 2  For ear infection metallic dry mouth, nausea, complete lack of appetite, extreme anxiety and panic attack, crying for no reason and feeling like I had depression or was losing my mind. This drug was so awful. Never knew an antibiotic could make me feel so bad emotionally and physically! I would wake in the night with stomach pains and feeling very depressed and anxious. I felt so bad that I asked my husband ‘do you think I have depression?’ Then today I googled the side effects of this and am wondering how they can prescribe it to people! I put up with these symptoms all week not realizing they were from the tablets. Thought I was going mad. Avoid if possible F 38 7 days
250mg 2X D

CLARITHROMYCIN  (CLARITHROMYCIN):  Clarithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication can also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat certain types of stomach ulcers. It may also be used to prevent certain bacterial 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)