Drug Class: What is Erythromycin and why is it prescribed?
Erythromycin Mechanism: How does Erythromycin work?
Erythromycin Dosage: How should you take Erythromycin?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Erythromycin
Special Information on Erythromycin
Erythromycin side effects
|Drug Class: What is Erythromycin and why is it prescribed?|
| Generic Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many kinds of infections, including:
Acute pelvic inflammatory disease, Gonorrhea, Intestinal parasitic infections,
Legionnaires disease, Listeriosis, Pinkeye, Rectal infections, Reproductive tract
infections, Skin infections, Syphilis, Upper and lower respiratory tract infections,
Urinary tract infections, Whooping cough.
Generic Erythromycin is also prescribed to prevent rheumatic fever in people who are allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs.
Generic Erythromycin is also prescribed before colorectal surgery to prevent infection.
|Erythromycin Mechanism: How does Erythromycin work?|
|Most infections are caused by bacteria that invade and grow in the human body. Medications, like Generic Erythromycin, that control or eradicate these bacteria are called antibiotics. Generic Erythromycin is an antibiotic that prevents bacteria from producing proteins, which interferes with bacterial growth and multiplication, while not affecting human cells.|
|Erythromycin Dosage: How should you take Erythromycin?|
Some forms of Generic Erythromycin are most effective when taken on an empty stomach. Your doctor may advise you to take each dose of Generic Erythromycin at least 1/2 hour and preferably 2 hours before meals. Delayed release formulations may be taken with or without food.
Generic Erythromycin upsets your stomach, taking it with meals may help. Ask your doctor whether this is advisable for you. Chewable forms of Generic Erythromycin should be crushed or chewed before being swallowed. Delayed-release brands and tablets and capsules that are coated to slow their breakdown should be swallowed whole. Do not crush or break. If you are not sure about the form of Generic Erythromycin you are taking, ask your pharmacist. The liquid should be shaken well before each use.
If you miss a dose of Generic Erythromycin: Take it as soon as you remember.
If it is almost time for your next Generic Erythromycin dose, and you take 2
Generic Erythromycin doses a day, space the missed Generic Erythromycin dose and the next dose 5 to
6 hours apart; if you take 3 or more doses a day, space the missed dose and
the next one 2 to 4 hours apart.
Storage instructions for Generic Erythromycin: The liquid form of erythromycin should be kept in the refrigerator; use E.E.S. within 10 days. Do not freeze. Store tablets and capsules at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
Preparations of Generic Erythromycin:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Erythromycin|
Combining Generic Erythromycin with lovastatin (Mevacor) can cause severe muscle wasting and damage to the kidneys. If you are taking both of these drugs, your doctor will monitor you closely for warning signs of this interaction. If Generic Erythromycin is taken 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 Generic Erythromycin with the following: Benzodiazepines such as Halcion and Versed, Blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin, Bromocriptine (Parlodel), Carbamazepine (Tegretol), Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), Digoxin (Lanoxin), Dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45), Disopyramide (Norpace), Ergotamine (Cafergot), Hexobarbital, Seizure medications such as Depakene, Depakote, and Dilantin, Tacrolimus (Prograf), Theophylline (Theo-Dur).
|Special Information on Erythromycin|
|There is no evidence that Generic Erythromycin will harm a developing baby, but the possibility has not been completely ruled out. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Generic Erythromycin appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Generic Erythromycin is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.|
|Erythromycin side effects|
|The most frequent side effects of Generic Erythromycin are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These gastrointestinal side effects of Generic Erythromycin are usually dose related (side effects are more pronounced with higher doses of Generic Erythromycin). Allergic reactions such as hives, rash, or anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction which can lead to shock) have been rarely reported. Abnormal liver tests or liver dysfunction can also occur with Generic Erythromycin.|
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