Sore Throat Treatment (Clarithromycin)


Clarithromycin is used to treat chest infections, such as pneumonia, skin problems such as cellulitis, and ear infections.  It’s also used to get rid of Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers.  Clarithromycin is sometimes used by people who have an allergy to penicillin and antibiotics similar to penicillin, like amoxicillin. Clarithromcyin is also called by the brand names Clarie XL, Klaricid, Klaricid XL and Xetinin XL.   Clarithromycin can be taken by adults and children.

You can find out more about the use of Clarithomycin and what it treats here.

Reasons for inclusion

  • You are over the age of 12 years with a Centor score of 3 to 4, and apositive test using OSOM Strep A test, who are unable to take phenoxymethylpenicillin (Centor criteria:Tonsillar exudates, Tender anterior cervical adenopathy, Absence of cough, History of fever (>38.0C))

Reasons for exclusion

  • You have a renal impairment
  • You have a hepatic impairment
  • If you are taking any of the following :
  • Cisapride, Pimozide, Astemizole, Terfenadine, Ergot alkaloids, Ergotamine/dihydroergotamine, Antiarrhythmics: disopyramide, & Quinidine, HMG
  • CoA Reductase Inhibitors (statins), Efavirenz, Nevirapine, Rifampicin, rifabutin and rifapentine, Etravirine, Fluconazole and itraconazole, Ritonavir, Carbamazepine, Cilostazol,
  • Cyclosporine, Methylprednisolone
  • Omeprazole,Phosphodiesterase inhibitors: sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil, Sirolimus, Tacrolimus, Vinblastine, Phenytoin, Theophylline, Valproate, Tolterodine, Oral hypoglycemic agents, and insulin, Triazolobenzodiazepines (e.g. alprazolam, midazolam, triazolam), Colchicine, Aminoglycosides, Digoxin
  • Zidovudine, Atazanavir, Calcium Channel Blockers: verapamil, amlodipine, diltiazem, Saquinavir