Erythromycin

(er ith roe mye' sin) 

PCI  :Contraindicated in pregnancy

LCaution when used during lactation:Caution when used during lactation

Molecule Info

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Indication(s) & Dosage

Oral route
Susceptible infections
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Severe campylobacter enteritis
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Pertussis
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Trench fever
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Chanroid
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Chlamydial infections
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Diphtheria
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Legionnaire's disease
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Pneumonia
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Sinusitis
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Bronchitis
Adult: 1-2 g daily, increased up to 4 g daily for severe infections. Doses >1 g should be given in more than 2 divided doses.
Child: 30-50 mg/kg daily, increased to twice the usual dose in severe cases; 2-8 yr: 1 g daily in divided doses; <2 yr: 500 mg daily in divided doses.

Acne
Adult: Maintenance: 250 mg daily. Severe cases may require up to 500 mg bid. 
Child: Maintenance dose: 250 mg daily, up to 500 mg bid may be used in those >12 yr. For infants with acne, 250 mg daily in 1 or 2 divided doses may be used. 

Prophylaxis against pneumococcal infections
Adult: For patients who are unable to take penicillins or sulfonamides: 250 mg bid. 
Child: For patients who are unable to take penicillins or sulfonamides: 1 mth-2 yr: 125 mg bid; for older children: 250 mg bid. 

Prophylaxis of streptococcal infections in patients with evidence ofrheumatic fever or heart disease
Adult: For patients who are unable to take penicillins or sulfonamides: 250 mg bid. 
Child: For patients who are unable to take penicillins or sulfonamides: 1 mth-2 yr: 125 mg bid; for older children: 250 mg bid. 
Renal impairment: Adult: Severe impairment: Max: 1.5 g daily. 
Intravenous route
Susceptible infections
Adult: As lactobionate: 15-20 mg/kg/day, up to 4 g/kg/day in severe infections. May be given as a continuous or 6-hrly intermittent infusion over 20-60 minutes. Replace with oral erythromycin as soon as possible.

Renal impairment: Adult: Severe impairment: Max: 1.5 g daily. 

Ophthalmic route
Treatment and prophylaxis of ophthalmic infections
Adult: As 0.5% ophthalmic ointment: Apply to the affected eye(s) up to 6 times daily.

Treatment and prophylaxis of neonatal conjunctivitis
Child: and neonate: As 0.5% ophthalamic ointment: Apply approximately 1 cm in length into each of the lower conjunctival sac, up to 2-6 times daily depending on the severity of the infection. 
Topical/Cutaneous
Acne
Adult: As 2% gel/solution: Apply onto affected areas 1-2 times daily. Discontinue treatment if condition worsens or if there is no improvement after 6-8 wk of continuous usage.
Special Populations: Max dose in patients with renal impairment: 1.5 g daily.

Administration Erythromycin base: Should be taken on an empty stomach. Best taken on an empty stomach at least ½ hr & preferably 2 hr before meals.
Overdosage Treatment is supportive. Erythromycin is not removed by peritoneal dialysis or haemodialysis.
Contraindications Hypersensitivity; porphyria; hepatic impairment; pregnancy.
Special Precautions Increased risk of cholestatic hepatitis when treatment is >10 days or in patients with previous history of erythromycin usage. History of hepatic disorders; arrhythmias; prolonged QT interval; lactation. Monitor liver function. Avoid estolate in liver impairment. Caution when using lactobionate in patients with severe renal impairment. May aggravate muscle weakness in patients with myasthenia gravis.
Adverse Drug Reaction(s) Rash, urticaria; nausea, vomiting, GI discomfort; ototoxicity; central neurotoxicity; agranulocytosis; arrhythmias; pancreatitis.
Potentially Fatal: Hepatotoxicity, cholestatic jaundice; raised serum transaminases; eosinophilia.
Drug Interactions May antagonise therapeutic effects lincomycin and clindamycin. Concurrent usage may lead to increased absorption of alcohol.
Potentially Fatal: May potentiate actions of neuromuscular blockers, oral anticoagulants, ciclosporin, theophylline. Terfenadine, astemizole, cisapride toxicity increased. Please consult detailed drug interactions before prescribing.
Food Interaction Increased absorption when taken with meals.
Lab Interference False-positive urinary catecholamines. Falsely elevated serum-aspartate aminotransferase values.
Pregnancy Category (FDA) Category B: Either animal-reproduction studies have not demonstrated a foetal risk but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women or animal-reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect (other than a decrease in fertility) that was not confirmed in controlled studies in women in the 1sttrimester (and there is no evidence of a risk in later trimesters).
Storage Intravenous: Store at 15-25°C. Oral susp: Refrigerate at 2-8°C. Topical/Cutaneous: Store at 15-25°C. Oral susp: Refrigerate at 2-8°C.
Pharmacology
Erythromycin inhibits protein synthesis by irreversibly binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit thus blocking the transpeptidation or translocation reactions of susceptible organisms resulting in stunted cell growth.
Absorption: Variable and unreliable due to instability in GI environment; may be reduced in the presence of food (as the stearate or base). Peak plasma concentrations after 1-4 hr.
Distribution: Widely distributed into body tissues and fluids, liver and spleen (high concentrations), polymorphonuclear lymphocytes and macrophages; crosses the placenta (5-20% foetal plasma concentrations) and enters the breast milk. Protein-binding: 70-75% (as the base), 95% (as the propionate ester).
Metabolism: Hepatic (demethylation).
Excretion: Via the urine (2-5% of the oral dose, 12-15% of the IV dose); 1.5-2.5 hr (elimination half-life).
ATC Classification S01AA17 - erythromycin; Belongs to the class of antibiotics. Used in the treatment of eye infections. 
J01FA01 - erythromycin; Belongs to the class of macrolides. Used in the treatment of systemic infections. 
D10AF02 - erythromycin; Belongs to the class of topical antiinfective preparations used in the treatment of acne.

Brand/Product Info


Total Products : 96                                                                                                
Brand Name Manufacturer/Marketer Composition Dosage Form Pack Size & Price
A-MYCIN Aristopharma Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x100's & 500mg x50's: 480.00 & 450.00 MRP
A-MYCIN DS Aristopharma Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 104.20 MRP
A-MYCIN Lotion Aristopharma Ltd. Erythromycin BP 2% lotion Lotion 25ml: 120.00 MRP
A-MYCIN Paediatric Drop Aristopharma Ltd. Erythromycin 200mg/5ml Paediatric Drop 60ml: 60.00 MRP
A-MYCIN Suspension Aristopharma Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.29 MRP
ACRYTH Monico Pharma Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
ARIGRAM Central Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
CPMYCIN Cosmo Pharma Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg Tablet 100's: 400.00 MRP
E-LID Syntho Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 54.00 MRP
E-ROX Desh Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
E-ROX 500 Desh Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 50's: 350.00 MRP
ECIN Gaco Pharmaceutical Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
EDRY Edruc Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 55.00 MRP
EM Modern Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
EMYCIN Medimet Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.00 MRP
ERES Everest Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 56.00 MRP
ERES 500 Everest Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 30's: 240.00 MRP
ERIXIN Amico Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 200mg/5ml Paediatric Drop 60ml: 60.00 MRP
ERIXIN Suspension Amico Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
ERMAC Opsonin Pharma Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 56.64 MRP
ERO Hudson Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
EROCIN The Acme Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x50's, 500mg x30's: 243.50 & 258.90 MRP
EROCIN Suspension The Acme Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.22 MRP
EROM Kemiko Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x100's & 500mg x50's: 485.00 & 430.00 MRP
EROM Suspension Kemiko Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
EROMAC General Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.33 MRP
EROMED Aexim Pharmaceutical Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 55.00 MRP
EROMYCIN 250 Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg Tablet 5x10's: 259.00 MRP
EROMYCIN DS Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 5x6's: 310.50 MRP
EROMYCIN LOTION Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 3% w/v Lotion 25 ml: 120.37 MRP
EROMYCIN P-DROP Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate 200mg/5 ml Paediatric Drops 60 ml: 60.40 MRP
EROMYCIN PFS Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5 ml Powder for Syrup 100 ml: 69.53 MRP
ERONA Delta Pharma Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.29 MRP
ERONA 500 Delta Pharma Limited Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 50's: 454.50 MRP
ERONIX Ziska Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
EROSA Biopharma Laboratories Ltd Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x100's & 500mg x50's: 452.00 & 401.50 MRP
EROSA Suspension Biopharma Laboratories Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 55.21 MRP
ERRIN Radiant Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
ERY Alco Pharma Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 50.00 MRP
ERY-250 Alco Pharma Ltd Erythromycin 250mg Tablet 50's: 200.00 MRP
ERY-500 Alco Pharma Ltd Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 50's: 350.00 MRP
ERYBAC Drug International Ltd Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x50's, 500mg x30's: 200.00 & 210.00 MRP
ERYBAC Suspension Drug International Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 55.00 MRP
ERYCIN Somatec Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x50's, 500mg x30's: 216.00 & 240.90 MRP
ERYCIN Suspension Somatec Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 56.21 MRP
ERYLIN Cosmic Chemical Industries Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
ERYMEX IBN SINA Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd. Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 30's: 243.00 MRP
ERYMEX Suspension IBN SINA Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.50 MRP
ERYNET Bristol Pharma Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
ERYROX Navana Pharmaceuticals Limited Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 30's: 240.90 MRP
ERYROX Suspension Navana Pharmaceuticals Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.22 MRP
ERYTHIN ACI Ltd. Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 30's: 240.00 MRP
ERYTHIN Suspension ACI Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.29 MRP
ERYTHRO Medicon Laboratories Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 57.00 MRP
ERYTHROMYCIN-A Ad-din pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
ERYTHROX Renata Limited Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 50's each: 242.50 & 429.50 MRP
ERYTHROX Suspension Renata Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.07 MRP
ERYZEN Zenith Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x60's, 500mg x20's: 261.00 & 172.00 MRP
ERYZEN Suspension Zenith Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 56.64 MRP
ETHRO Pharmadesh Laboratories Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 75.00 MRP
ETHROLEX Mystic Pharmaceuticals Limited Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 54.50 MRP
ETHROLEX 500 Mystic Pharmaceuticals Limited Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 30's: 217.50 MRP
ETROCIN 250 Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP eq. to Erythromycin 250mg Tablet 100's: 480.00 MRP
ETROCIN 500 Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP eq. to Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 50's: 450.00 MRP
ETROCIN Suspension Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP eq. to Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 69.32 MRP
EURO Nipa Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x50's, 500mg x30's: 212.50 & 240.00 MRP
EURO Suspension Nipa Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
Firmac Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP equivalent to Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml:MRP 60 Tk
ILOCIN Doctors Chemical Works Ltd Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 20's: 160.00 MRP
ILOCIN Suspension Doctors Chemical Works Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
KUMUCIN Kumudini Pharma Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 55.00 MRP
MAC Orion Pharma Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.27 MRP
MAC DS Orion Pharma Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg/5ml Suspension 70ml, 100ml: 74.27 & 103.39 MRP
MACAS Asiatic Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 24's: 194.88 MRP
MACAS Suspension Asiatic Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 56.85 MRP
MACERY Pacific Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x50's, 500mg x30's: 225.00 & 246.00 MRP
MACERY Suspension Pacific Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 46.00 MRP
MACIN Hallmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
MACROCIN Sanofi Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x100's & 500mg x50's: 488.11 & 432.92 MRP
MACROCIN Suspension Sanofi Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.23 MRP
MACROCIN-T Sanofi Erythromycin BP 2% solution Solution 30ml: 177.67 MRP
MAKCIN Techno Drugs Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 50.00 MRP
MITROCIN Millat Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 250mg & 500mg Tablet 250mg x30's, 500mg x20's: 136.50 & 170.20 MRP
MITROCIN DS Millat Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 250mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 103.00 MRP
MITROCIN Suspension Millat Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
MYCIN Ambee Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 50's: 401.00 MRP
MYCIN Suspension Ambee Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.22 MRP
PEDICIN Rangs Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 60.00 MRP
PRIOCIN Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP equivalent to Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 40's MRP: 280.00
PRIOCIN Suspension Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP equivalent to Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml MRP: 60.00
SERVITROCIN 250 MG Sandoz/Novartis Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP equivalent to Erythromycin 250mg Tablet 10x10's, MRP 485
SERVITROCIN 500 MG Sandoz/Novartis Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP equivalent to Erythromycin 500mg Tablet 5x10's, MRP 430
SERVITROCIN SUSPENSION Sandoz/Novartis Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate BP equivalent to Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml, MRP 60.68
THROCIN Globe Pharmaceuticals Ltd Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 56.00 MRP
ZEROBAC Chemist Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 55.00 MRP
ZURACIN Rephco Laboratories Ltd. Erythromycin 125mg/5ml Suspension 100ml: 61.07 MRP

Gen. MedInfo

Why is Erythromycin prescribed?

Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as bronchitis; diphtheria; Legionnaires' disease; pertussis (whooping cough); pneumonia; rheumatic fever; venereal disease (VD); and ear, intestine, lung, urinary tract, and skin infections. It is also used before some surgery or dental work to prevent infection. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

Erythromycin is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should Erythromycin be used?

Erythromycin comes as a capsule, tablet, long-acting capsule, long-acting tablet, chewable tablet, liquid, and pediatric drops to take by mouth. It usually is taken every 6 hours (four times a day) or every 8 hours (three times a day) for 7 to 21 days. Some infections may require a longer time. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take erythromycin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Shake the liquid and pediatric drops well before each use to mix the medication evenly. Use the bottle dropper to measure the dose of pediatric drops.

The chewable tablets should be crushed or chewed thoroughly before they are swallowed. The other capsules and tablets should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water.

Continue to take erythromycin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking erythromycin without talking to your doctor.

What special precautions to follow?

Before taking erythromycin, 

  • inform your doctor if you are allergic to erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, dirithromycin or any other drugs.
  • inform your doctor what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other antibiotics, anticoagulants ('blood thinners'), astemizole, carbamazepine (Tegretol), cisapride, clozapine, cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), digoxin, disopyramide, ergotamine, felodipine, lovastatin, phenytoin, pimozide, terfenadine, theophylline, triazolam and vitamins.
  • inform your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, yellowing of the skin or eyes, colitis, or stomach problems.
  • inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking erythromycin, call your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, inform the doctor or dentist that you are taking erythromycin.

What special dietary instructions to follow?

Take erythromycin at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Do not take Erythromycin with, or just after, fruit juices or carbonated drinks. Certain brands of erythromycin may be taken with meals; check with your doctor or pharmacist.

What to do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can Erythromycin cause?

Erythromycin may cause side effects. inform your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach

  • diarrhea

  • vomiting

  • stomach cramps

  • mild skin rash

  • stomach pain

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • severe skin rash

  • itching

  • hives

  • difficulty breathing or swallowing

  • wheezing

  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

  • dark urine

  • pale stools

  • unusual tiredness

  • vaginal infection

What to know about storage and disposal of Erythromycin?

Keep Erythromycin in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store the capsules and tablets at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep liquid medicine in the refrigerator, closed tightly, and throw away any unused medication after 14 days. Do not freeze. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, consult your doctor. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, consult local medical emergency services.

What other information to know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to Erythromycin.

Do not let anyone else use your medication. If you still have symptoms and need further treatment, consult your doctor.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Ref:  U.S. National Library of Medicine.


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