Drug Class: What is Erythromycin and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Erythromycin work?
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 250 mg 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.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Erythromycin work?|
Most infections are caused by bacteria that invade and grow in the human body. Medications, like Generic Erythromycin 250 mg, that control or eradicate these bacteria are called antibiotics. Generic Erythromycin 250 mg is an antibiotic that prevents bacteria from producing proteins, which interferes with bacterial growth and multiplication, while not affecting human cells.
|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
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Erythromycin|
Combining Generic Erythromycin 250 mg 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 250 mg 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 250 mg with the following: Benzodiazepines such as Halcion and Versed,
|Special Information on Erythromycin|
There is no evidence that Generic Erythromycin 250 mg 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 250 mg appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Generic Erythromycin 250 mg 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 250 mg are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These gastrointestinal side effects are usually dose related (side effects are more pronounced with higher doses of Generic Erythromycin 250 mg). 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 250 mg.|
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