Erythromycin Ophthalmic

Generic Name: Erythromycin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Erythromycin ophthalmic is an ointment used to treat certain bacterial infections in the eye. Erythromycin ophthalmic may also be used to prevent certain bacterial infections in neonates.

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

    How does this medication work?

    Erythromycin ophthalmic works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

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

    What: Erythromycin ophthalmic may help to treat your infection, thereby improving your symptoms.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use erythromycin ophthalmic 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 symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

  • 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: eye irritation, redness, allergic reactions.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use erythromycin ophthalmic 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 erythromycin ophthalmic. 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.

    Treatment of Eye Infections

    Your healthcare provider might prescribe a different dose than is listed below, based on the type and severity of your infection.

    Adults and children: Apply about 1 centimeter ribbon to the affected eye(s), up to 6 times a day.

    Prevention of Eye Infections

    Neonates: Your healthcare provider will apply the appropriate dose to your newborn.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply erythromycin ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use more often or stop using erythromycin ointment without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not touch the applicator tip to your eyes, fingers, or any other surface as this can contaminate erythromycin ophthalmic.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with erythromycin ophthalmic 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 erythromycin ointment 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 erythromycin ointment, 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.