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Review: could Clarithromycin cause Fatigue?

Summary: Fatigue could be caused by Clarithromycin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Aspirin, and have Pneumonia.

We study 12,644 people who have side effects while taking Clarithromycin from FDA and social media. Among them, 342 have Fatigue. Find out below who they are, when they have Fatigue and more.

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Clarithromycin

Clarithromycin (latest outcomes from 13,196 users) has active ingredients of clarithromycin. It is often used in sinusitis.

Fatigue

Fatigue (feeling of tiredness) (latest reports from 1,536,540 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 12,595 people reported to have side effects when taking Clarithromycin. Among them, 342 people (2.72%) have Fatigue. They amount to 0.02% of all the 1,535,638 people who have Fatigue on eHealthMe.

Trend of Fatigue in Clarithromycin reports

Time on Clarithromycin when people have Fatigue * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Fatigue80.28%4.23%4.23%1.41%1.41%4.23%4.23%

Gender of people who have Fatigue when taking Clarithromycin * :

FemaleMale
Fatigue58.76%41.24%

Age of people who have Fatigue when taking Clarithromycin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Fatigue0.33%2.30%1.64%6.23%12.13%17.70%16.72%42.95%

Severity of Fatigue when taking Clarithromycin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Fatigue14.29%28.57%57.14%0.00%

How people recovered from Fatigue ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Fatigue0.00%33.33%66.67%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pneumonia (28 people, 8.19%)
  2. Hypertension (23 people, 6.73%)
  3. Asthma (16 people, 4.68%)
  4. Hiv infection (15 people, 4.39%)
  5. Pain (15 people, 4.39%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (60 people, 17.54%)
  2. Digoxin (43 people, 12.57%)
  3. Amoxicillin (40 people, 11.70%)
  4. Simvastatin (38 people, 11.11%)
  5. Furosemide (36 people, 10.53%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • GinaC on May, 25, 2012:

    Female, aged 43. Had flu symptoms (sore, throat, night fever, slept for 36 hours) then had to get on with family life. A week and a half later still feeling unwell (bit spaced out, very tired, blocked nose and phlegm) so went to doctors. Prescribed Clarithromycin (twice a day for five days course). On the first day (two pills taken) still feeling tired but thought it just the flu still. On the second day (third pill) needed to slepp mid morning for an hour. On the third morning (5th pill) again needed to sleep for hour in morning. Feel shattered.

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    GinaC on May, 25, 2012:

    Just need to add. I am currently swimming for charity so needed to "swim through" the flu. I would say this helped. I didn't feel tired whilst actually doing a mile swimming today and I felt better however, the tiredness creeps back in and I am in bed early, say 8-9pm.

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    GinaC on May, 25, 2012:

    Just need to add. I am currently swimming for charity so needed to "swim through" the flu. I would say this helped. I didn't feel tired whilst actually doing a mile swimming today and I felt better however, the tiredness creeps back in and I am in bed early, say 8-9pm. Also I did feel bloated after swimming which is unusual as I had not eaten anything and had some gas.

    Reply

  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • Compared to Oxycodone/Oxycontin alone, combined with Clarithromycin there was an improvement to the level of pain experienced. In addition there was also a slight increase in typical Oxycodone/Oxycontin side effects, such as mild fatigue.

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