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Uses

This medication is used to treat acne. It helps to reduce the number of pimples. Erythromycin is an antibiotic (macrolide-type). It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This product contains a large amount of alcohol which dries extra oils from the skin.

Side effects

This medication may cause burning, redness, itching, or dry/peeling/oily skin, especially in the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. Eye irritation may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Rarely, use of this medication may result in other types of skin infections (fungal or other bacterial infections). Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual skin irritation or other symptoms.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using erythromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antibiotics (e.g., azithromycin, clarithromycin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Uses of A/t/s

Oral:

Oral erythromycin is a prescription medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory tract infections, intestinal infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and venereal disease.

 

Topical:

Topical erythromycin is a prescription medication used to treat acne vulgaris. The ophthalmic ointment is used to treat infections of the eye.

 

Injectable:

Injectable erythromycin is a prescription medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory tract infections, intestinal infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and venereal disease.

 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Side Effects of A/t/s

Serious side effects have been reported with erythromycin. See the “Erythromycin Precautions” section.

Oral:

  • Common side effects of oral erythromycin include the following:
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Mild skin rash
  • Stomach pain

 

Topical:

Common side effects of topical erythromycin include the following:

  • Irritation at the site of application, including dryness, redness, itching, and burning

 

Injectable:

Common side effects of oral injectable erythromycin include the following:

  • Irritation at the injection site
  • Skin rash

 

This is not a complete list of erythromycin side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Inform MD

Before taking erythromycin, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to erythromycin or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), or dirithromycin (Dynabac)
  • have or have had yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • have liver problems
  • have heart problems
  • have stomach problems, especially colitis
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

A/t/s Dosage

Oral:

Take erythromycin exactly as prescribed.

This medication comes in capsule, tablet, long-acting capsule, long-acting tablet, chewable tablet, suspension, and pediatric drop forms for oral use. It is usually taken 3 to 4 times daily.

Do not chew, divide, or break the long-acting capsules and tablets. Swallow these whole and take with a full glass of water.

 

Topical:

This medication also comes in topical solution and gel forms and as an ophthalmic ointment.

 

Injectable:

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of erythromycin at the same time.

Precautions

Wash hands after application.

Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, or mucous membranes.

Discontinue use if severe irritation or hypersensitivity develops.

Dialysis

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Erythromycin Identification

Substance Name

Erythromycin

CAS Registry Number

114-07-8

Drug Class

Antiinfective Agents

Antibacterial Agents

Dermatologic Agents

Macrolides

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