This medicine contains the active ingredient erythromycin which belongs to a group of medicines called macrolide antibiotics. These medicines prevent the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Erythromycin is prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections such as infections of respiratory tract, skin, soft tissue, urinary tract, ear, eye, mouth, intestines. It is also used for the treatment of some sexually transmitted diseases.
Is Erythromycin suitable for me?
Erythromycin is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to erythromycin or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are using simvastatin, tolterodine, mizolastine, amisulpride, astemizole, terfenadine, cisapride or pimpozide, ergotamine and dihydroergotamine.
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have kidney or liver problems
- are pregnant or trying to get pregnant or breast-feeding
- have arrhythmia
- have muscle disorder (myasthenia gravis)
- have blood disorder (porphyria).
Erythromycin interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Erythromycin?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take erythromycin exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs.
- The usual dose is four to eight 250 mg tablets daily taken just before or with meals.
- The maximum dose for severe infections is 4 g divided into several daily doses.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Erythromycin side effects?
Like all medicines erythromycin can cause side effects, including:
- irregular heartbeats,
- palpitations and ventricular tachyarrhythmias
- hearing loss
- stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
- infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
- chest pain, fever, malaise
- cholestatic hepatitis, jaundice, hepatic dysfunction, hepatic failure
- allergic reactions
- confusion, seizures and vertigo
- low blood pressure
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.