Generic Name: Erythromycin

  • What is Erythromycin?

    Topical erythromycin (applied directly to the skin) is used to treat acne.

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

    This type of erythromycin is for external use only. Do not use it in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

    If your acne does not improve after 6-8 weeks of treatment, or if it gets worse, stop using the erythromycin preparation and call your doctor.

    The use of antibiotics can stimulate the growth of other bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic you are taking. If new infections (called superinfections) occur, talk to your doctor. You may need to be treated with a different antibiotic.

    If you develop diarrhea, let your doctor know right away. Drugs such as erythromycin can cause a potentially serious intestinal inflammation.

    Other topical acne medications used in combination with erythromycin may cause irritation, especially peeling, scaling, or abrasive medications.

  • Who should not take Erythromycin?

    Erythromycin should not be used if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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: Apply the solution or ointment to the affected area two times a day. Apply the gel as a thin film over the affected area once or twice a day.

  • How should I take Erythromycin?

    Make sure the area is thoroughly washed with soap and water and patted dry before applying the medication. Thoroughly wash your hands afterward. Reducing the frequency of applications may reduce peeling and drying.

  • What should I avoid while taking Erythromycin?

    Because erythromycin is for external use only, avoid contact with your eyes, mouth, and all mucous membranes.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Erythromycin?

    If erythromycin is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining erythromycin with other topical acne medications.

  • What are the possible side effects of Erythromycin?

    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: burning sensation, dryness, hives, irritation of the eyes, itching, oiliness, peeling, scaling, tenderness, unusual redness of the skin

  • Can I receive Erythromycin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of erythromycin during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Erythromycin may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with erythromycin is finished.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Erythromycin?

    Apply the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next application, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not apply two doses at the same time.

  • How should I store Erythromycin?

    Store at room temperature.

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