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Clarithromycin is primarily used to treat a number of bacterial infections including:
- pneumonia, Helicobacter pylori and as an alternative to penicillin in strep throat
- Other uses include: cat scratch disease and other infections due to bartonella, cryptosporidiosis, as a second line agent in Lyme disease and toxoplasmosis
- It may also be used to prevent bacterial endocarditis in those who cannot take penicillin.
- It is effective against upper and lower respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections and helicobacter pylori infections associated with duodenal ulcers.