What is Clarithromycin 1% Gel/Lotion Acnesol-CL®
Clarithromycin is used to treat certain bacterial infections, such as infections of the ears and skin. It also is used to treat and prevent disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection [a type of lung infection that often affects people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)]. It is used in combination with other medications to eliminate Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that causes ulcers. Clarithromycin is in a class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics such as clarithromycin will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Clarithromycin in Oral form also is used sometimes to treat other types of infections including Lyme disease (an infection that may develop after a person is bitten by a tick), cryptosporidiosis (an infection that causes diarrhea), cat-scratch disease (an infection that may develop after a person is bitten or scratched by a cat), Legionnaires’ disease, (type of lung infection), and pertussis (whooping cough; a serious infection that can cause severe coughing). It is also sometimes used to prevent heart infection in patients having dental or other procedures. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
Brand names: Biaxin, Biaxin XL
Acne Treatment with Clarithromycin 1% Gel/Lotion Acnesol-CL®
- You have been prescribed Clarithromycin Gel as an alternative to topical Erythromycin for the treatment of acne.
- You may have to use it for a long time before your acne starts to improve. Be patient and keep using it every day.
- Apply it as a thin layer on to clean, dry, unbroken skin affected by acne.
- Wash your skin with a mild cleanser and pat it dry before applying Acnesol CL Gel.
- It may cause minor burning, stinging, or irritation when applied. Inform your doctor if this does not go away.
- Avoid contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. Rinse it off with water if you accidentally get the cream in these areas.
- If you think the area of skin you are treating has become more irritated and infected, you should stop using Acnesol CL Gel and consult your doctor.