Erythromycin delayed-release

Generic Name: Erythromycin

  • What is Erythromycin delayed-release?

    Erythromycin delayed-release (DR) is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections, including abdominal infections, sexually transmitted diseases (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphillis), conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), rectal infections, reproductive tract infections, skin infections, respiratory (lung) tract infections, and urinary tract 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. Erythromycin DR may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor.

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

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

    Although it is common to feel better soon after you start therapy with erythromycin DR, take the full course of treatment exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of treatment can decrease its effectiveness leading to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of erythromycin DR or other antibacterial medications in the future.

    Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea, although rare, may occur. Contact your doctor right away 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 Erythromycin delayed-release?

    Do not take erythromycin DR if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are currently taking terfenadine, astemizole, pimozide, or cisapride.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with erythromycin DR. 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.

    Your doctor might prescribe different doses than listed below based on the type and severity of your infection.

    Adults: The usual dose is 250 milligrams (mg) every 6 hours taken 1 hour before a meal or 500 mg every 12 hours. Your doctor may increase your dose as appropriate.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

  • How should I take Erythromycin delayed-release?

    Take erythromycin DR exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can take erythromycin DR with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Erythromycin delayed-release?

    Do not skip or miss any scheduled doses.

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

    If erythromycin DR is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Erythromycin DR 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 Erythromycin delayed-release?

    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: abdominal pain, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, nausea, reversible hearing loss, serious skin rashes, vomiting

  • Can I receive Erythromycin delayed-release if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of erythromycin DR during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unkown. 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 Erythromycin delayed-release?

    If you miss a dose of erythromycin DR, take 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 take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Erythromycin delayed-release?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture and heat.