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Manufactured by: Abbott
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Basic Information On Biaxin XL
Biaxin XL is indicated for the treatment of a wide range of mild to moderate bacterial infections. It is used for the treatment of infections of the respiratory tract and some kind of skin infections. It belongs to the family of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. This drug inhibits the protein synthesis of certain strains of bacteria and stops their growth. This drug is at times also indicated for prevention against certain bacterial infections. When used in adjunction with other drugs, it can also treat some kinds of ulcers of the stomach. Your healthcare provider might prescribe this drug for purposes other than the ones listed here. Biaxin XL drug would work for bacterial infections alone.
Precautions / Side Effects For Biaxin XL
The active ingredient of this drug is clarithromycin. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you are hypersensitive to macrolide antibiotics, or if you have any other allergies. Your doctor should be aware of your medical history, particularly of kidney or muscle problems. During pregnancy, c Biaxin XL should only be used if clearly indicated by the doctor. The drug is known to pass into breast milk, please consult your doctor before nursing a baby. The drug slightly increases the chances of QT prolongation, a heart rhythm disorder. In order to avoid this, tell your doctor about your own heart conditions as well as the family history of any such conditions.
Some commonly seen adverse reactions following the use of clarithromycin include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach problems, and alterations in taste. If any of these effects seem severe, please contact your doctor. Some extremely rare but serious reactions to the drug include extreme mood swings or loss of hearing. In these cases, get immediate medical help. Other alarming reactions to the drug include dark urine, muscular weakness, signs of a new infection, or blood or mucus in the stool.
Biaxin XL Dosage
Biaxin XL comes in tablets 500 mg. The dosage and treatment duration would depend entirely on the infection being treated. It is essential to adhere to the doctor’s instructions and complete the recommended course. For example, in order to treat acute maxillary sinusitis, the suggested dose is two tablets of 500 mg daily for two weeks. If you are suffering from worsening of your chronic bronchitis, you might be suggested a dose of two 500 mg tablets for seven days.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.