Learn More About Your Drugs

S o you were just prescribed Risperdal and, after a single dosage you find that your anxiety level has increased and you have suddenly become even more restlessness than you were before. After a week of this you wonder, what are the side effects associated with this drug? Your answer can be found at Drug Information. This website – which continues to grow in depth and breadth – provides you with an abundance of information and presents it in a well written and cleanly formatted style. I’ve provided below a sample entry (edited down) to give you a sense of the comprehensiveness of the entries. The bottom line is this: if you have any questions about your drugs, their potential side effects and interactions, about any recalls or other warnings, you’ll want to visit this website.


Sample Entry (edited) That Appears on DrugWatch.Com


Generic Name:

Brand Names:
Biaxin, Biaxin Filmtab, Biaxin XL, Biaxin Granules

Drug Description:

Clarithromycin or Biaxin is an antibiotic used to kill bacteria and stop infections in various parts of the body, including the sinuses, tonsils, ears, skin, airways, stomach, and intestines. The drug works by hindering bacteria’s ability to make protein on the molecular level, keeping the bacteria from growing and multiplying. [...]

Conditions Treated:Biaxin is indicated in adults for the treatment of bacterial infections that cause strep throat (Streptococcus pyogenes), sinusitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, middle ear infections, and pneumonia. The drug is also approved for use in children over the age of 6 months who have strep throat, tonsillitis, sinus infections, ear infections, or pneumonia.[...]

Typical Dosage Recommendation:Biaxin is available in 250 mg and 500 mg tablets and also in an oral suspension. Dosages depend on the type of infection, the severity, the bacteria causing the infection, and the patient’s weight. [...]

Missing a Dose:If you miss a dose of Biaxin, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and wait to return to your regular dosing schedule.


Overdoses of clarithromycin or Biaxin can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

FDA Approved:

December 23, 1993
Recall/Black Box Warning Information:

There have been no recalls or Black Box warnings for Biaxin.

Other Warnings

Women who are pregnant should not use Biaxin, as it can have an adverse effect on pregnancy. Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea has occurred in patients using anti-bacterial medications. A mild form of diarrhea may also occur with Biaxin use.  [...]

Biaxin Side Effects

Common side effects of Biaxin include:

* Cough
* Hoarseness
* Painful urination
* Abdominal tenderness
* Nausea and vomiting

Some of the uncommon symptoms of Biaxin include:

* Blurred vision
* Chest pain
* Abdominal pain
* Anxiety
* Increased appetite

Things to Know, Precautions, Things to Ask Your Physician:

Talk with your doctor if you have any allergies to medications or food.

Pregnant women or those who become pregnant during the course of the treatment should be informed about the adverse effects the drug will have on a fetus.

Patients suffering from kidney disorders are at a greater risk for adverse reactions with Biaxin.

Be sure to note that Biaxin cannot be used to treat viral infections, the flu, or a common cold caused due to viral infection.


Drug Interactions:Use of the following drugs may alter the effectiveness of Biaxin:

* Terfenadine
* Ranitidine bysmuth citrate
* Zidovudine
* Didanosine
* Fluconazole
* Erithromycin


What to Avoid When Taking the Drug:

Additional Drugs

Using Biaxin for treatment may cause watery diarrhea, but you should not take medications to stop diarrhea without first consulting a doctor about possible interactions.


Any food that might cause an allergic reaction should be avoided.

Certain activities

Avoid getting pregnant and avoid breast feeding if you are taking Biaxin.
Other Interactions that May Affect the Drug:

Other drugs that may cause an interaction with Biaxin or clarithromycin are hexobarbital, valproate and phenytoin.

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  • http://18channels.blogspot.com Katy B.

    Great advice. I also read the pamphlets/boxes that come with the drug, and peruse other online sites for more information…before I ever take a single dose of ANYTHING.

    Makes it easier to tell sometimes in your prescriber knows what they’re doing if you pay attention and understand the logic of why they gave you a certain drug. Mine gave me Remeron because it has the amusing side effects of making you sleepy, and hungry…I have problems with not sleeping and not eating…lol…he sure fixed me! Haha…

  • http://18channels.blogspot.com Katy B.

    OH…also, your pharmacist can sometimes be a good resource. If you have never taken something before, ask to talk to the pharmacist about it and tell them you’ve never taken it before and they can give you more info about it. Once, when I had a bad experience with a drug and couldn’t get ahold of my prescriber I called my pharamacist and he was able to give me enough info that it answered my question.

  • Scott Hutson

    When I first started needing medicines, for various things a while back, my mother-in-law gave me a book called “The PDR Family Guide to PRESCRIPTION DRUGS” 9th edition. She paid about 25 bucks for it, I looked it up @ Amazon, and thats about what they want for it.

    It’s an all ya want to know about every prescribed drug. At least every one I can think of. It’s got photographs in actual size of most pills,etc..

    It’s easier for me to look up my drugs(I’m a lazy boy, in a “Lazy Boy” when I look em up), and it has cross references and imformation about treatments for many different diseases,etc..

    But the internet has alot of info for free, and the manufactures’ info of all meds are free via internet. But I just thought I would tell ya what has been a good thing for me on this subject. It can be a matter of life and death, if someone makes a mistake(Dr.,Pharmacy,etc)

  • Jeff

    Many many years ago I had a copy of the Merck Manual. Maybe if I actually read through it I would have figured out at that time that I was A.D.D.

  • Scott Hutson

    That comment Jeff, makes a good point about the way I have thought about hindsight latey. I was so busy looking at the way other ppl acted, and thought I just had a natural ability to see what they were thinking, and why. They were so predictable…

    I was realy not taking a good look at myself, and taking the time to try and find out why I thought about things the way I do, and why I did’nt think like most other people do, and why I could’nt predict what I might act like or think in the next 5 minutes.

    I just took it for granted, that I was just different. I realy did’nt care what the side effects of the drugs I took were, as long as I could feel good at that moment.

  • http://18channels.blogspot.com Katy B.

    Hindsight…is that when you suddenly discover that you’ve had your head up your ass all week like I have?

  • Jeff

    For some A.D.D.ers…their head has been up there for their entire life. ;)

  • Scott Hutson

    I think so Katy, but for me, I make that discovery on a daily basis….LOL.

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