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    Can Clarithromycin be taken when allergic to Sulfas, Levofloxacin, Penicillin and Cephalosporin?

Posted on Mon, 5 Jan 2015 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I am allergic to sulfas, levoflaxin, pennecillan, and cephlasporin. Can I take Clarithromycin?
Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah 40 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Belongs to a different group of antibiotic and is good for sinusitis

Detailed Answer:

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Clarithromycin belongs to a different group of antibiotics called Macrolides and not of groups that you are known to be allergic to. It is effective in sinusitis and other upper respiratory tract infections. Therefore it would be a good choice for you if you are not allergic to the same. The other popular antibiotic that belongs to the macrolide group are Erythromycin and Azithromycin. If you have used any of these before, you are not likely to be allergic to Clarithromycin.
However be cautious as one cannot predict an allergy in a new medicine before hand. Even if it occurs, it is unlikely to be a life threatening one.
Wish you quick recovery
Dr Noble Zachariah

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