Erythromycin - Drug Information

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General Information on Erythromycin

Generic Name : Erythromycin

Pronunciation : er ith roe mye' sin

Latest prescription information about Erythromycin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Infectives

Why is Erythromycin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections such as bronchitis, diphtheria, legionnaires' disease, pertussis etc.  It slows or stops bacterial cell growth.

When should Erythromycin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated to patients who are taking terfenadine or astemizole and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Erythromycin?

PO- Adults: The usual dose is 250 mg every 6 hours taken one hour before meals.
Child: The usual dosage is 30 to 50 mg/kg/day in divided doses.

How should Erythromycin be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Erythromycin?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver disease, yellowing of the skin or eyes, colitis, stomach problems, irregular heartbeat, blood disease porphyria, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.
It may aggravate muscle weakness in patients with myasthenia gravis.
Monitor liver function, kidney function and complete blood cell counts regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Erythromycin?

   Most Frequent : Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

What are the other precautions for Erythromycin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Erythromycin?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15C to 30C), and in an airtight container.

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