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    Does Clarithromycin interact with Eliquis, Lipitor and Digoxin?

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Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Can I take clarithromycin if I take eliquis, Lipitor, and digoxin? And, if not, what antibiotic can I take? (I am allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs.)
My PCP gave me clarithromycin - but my pharmacist is concerned about interaction. (I have a pacemaker-defibrillator since having a stroke last year, and I have a serious lung disease - so I can't afford to get a bad infection.) What do I do?
(I'm suppose to go away for a weekend retreat in a week - but now I'm afraid to go on the trip.)
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, you can take Clarithomycin.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, you can take Clarithomycin. No need to worry much.
No drug interactions between Clarithomycin and the drugs you are taking.
So don't worry, take Clarithomycin.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 36 minutes later
According to the pharmacist, the combination of clarithromycin with my prescriptions for digoxin & Lipitor can build up these drugs in my system and become toxic. So it made me frightened. Do I need to stop either of these drugs while on clarithromycin -- which is for 10 days?

Do I need to stop taking Lipitor and/or Digoxin while I'm on clarithromycin?

Also, is the dosage of clarithromycin based on a person's weight? If so, I weigh only about 98 pounds -- I'm given 500 mg. 2x a day of clarithromycin. Is this too much for me?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 2 days later
Brief Answer:
Dose is high.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
First of all sorry for late reply as I was busy.
Yes, you can take take Clarithomycin with your other drugs. No need to worry.
And usually Clarithomycin is given for 5 days only.
So don't know why your doctor prescribed for 10 days.
And also dose is high.
250mg twice daily for 5 days is the standard dose.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Again sorry for late reply. Thanks.
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