clarithromycin - insomnia - not slept for days

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   Posted 11/6/2015 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   

I wasn't too sure which sub-forum to post this in so hopefully here is ok ?

I recently have a bad chest infection and was prescribed clarithromycin by my doctor to treat this - thankfully the chest infection has subsided however a negative result of taking the clarithromycin antibiotics is that Im suffering with sleep deprivation - I don't think I've slept properly now for about a week. Maybe the odd hour of two during the day (I've been off work with this as I've been unable to function and have been signed off until Wednesday - hopefully returning on Thursday). Im just a bit worried now that Im not going to sleep.

Im beyond tired, its a weird state of mind - I don't feel right in myself and just feel exhausted and have sever muscle cramps. I've lost over a stone in weight over the last week and not really eat much due to stomach cramps - also caused by the clarithromycin I believe.

Anyone else had similar problems specifically with clarithromycin?

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   Posted 11/8/2015 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. Sorry u have been sick. I always have problems with sleep now when I get sick. Takes weeks for me n lots of just resting. Antibiotics can really mess up your stomach for awhile. Be gentle with it and start with things like a potato or peaches. Hope that helps some.

fibro, chronic fatigue, rls, ibs, depression, insomnia, and celiac.

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   Posted 12/28/2015 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Clarith can cause cdiff.... have you tried melotonin ,5htp, valerian, etc for sleep...are/ were you taking probiotics?
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