Erythrocin lactobionate

Generic Name: Erythromycin

  • What is Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Erythrocin lactobionate intravenous (IV) (administered through a vein in your arm) is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections, including abdominal infections, sexually transmitted diseases (such as gonorrhea), respiratory (lung) tract infections, and skin infections. This medication can be used to prevent attacks of rheumatic fever in people who are allergic to other antibiotics (such as penicillin) used for this indication. Erythrocin IV may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Like all antibiotics, Erythrocin IV works only against bacteria. It will not cure an infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold or flu.

    Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea, although rare, may occur. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Do not treat the diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.

  • Who should not take Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Your doctor will not administer Erythrocin IV to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you are currently taking terfenadine or astemizole.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Erythrocin IV. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney disease, heart problems, myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness), are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults and children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Your doctor will administer Erythrocin IV through a needle placed in a vein in your arm. Your doctor will tell you how often you will receive Erythrocin IV.

  • What should I avoid while taking Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Erythrocin lactobionate?

    If Erythrocin IV is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Erythrocin IV may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: hearing loss, irregular heartbeat, irritation at the injection site, itchiness, serious skin reactions

  • Can I receive Erythrocin lactobionate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Erythrocin IV during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Erythrocin IV should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Erythrocin lactobionate?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.