Akne-Mycin Ointment

Generic Name: Erythromycin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Akne-Mycin is a topical ointment (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat acne.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Although it is unclear exactly how Akne-Mycin works, it is thought to reduce inflammation associated with acne.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By reducing inflammation, Akne-Mycin may reduce the appearance of acne on your skin.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Akne-Mycin exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your acne after starting treatment with Akne-Mycin. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: skin irritation (such as peeling and redness).

    Less common side effects may include:

    Increased risk of other infections.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Akne-Mycin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Akne-Mycin. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Apply to the affected area(s) twice a day, in the morning and evening.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Akne-Mycin exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not apply Akne-Mycin more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not use Akne-Mycin in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Akne-Mycin at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Akne-Mycin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Akne-Mycin, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.