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    Erythromycin
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Erythromycin is in a group of drugs called macrolide antibiotics. Erythromycin fights bacteria in the body by killing them and attacking their cell walls (bactericidal). It is used to treat many different types of bacterial infections. It will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold (coryza) or flu.

Before taking erythromycin, tell your doctor if you have liver disease. You may not be able to take erythromycin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Erythromycin is generally considered safe for use by breast-feeding mothers even if the drug passes into the breast milk. Do not take this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Take this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.

Symptoms of an erythromycin overdose may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. If you feel any of the aforementioned symptoms, seek emergency consult.

While taking erythromycin, avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds) because this medicine can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have watery or bloody diarrhea inform your doctor.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Other serious side effects are: chest pain, uneven heartbeats, feeling light-headed or fainting; nausea, stomach pain, low fever, lost appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking erythromycin and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects: mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain (taking erythromycin with food or milk may help avoid these effects); dizziness, headache, feeling tired; vaginal itching or discharge; or mild itching or skin rash. Talk to your doctor about any other unusual side effect.

Do not take erythromycin with terfenadine (Seldane), astemizole (Hismanal), cisapride (Propulsid), or pimozide (Orap). Erythromycin may interact with these medicines and could cause dangerous or life-threatening heart rhythm disorders. Before taking erythromycin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines: digoxin (Lanoxin); disopyramide (Norpace); warfarin (Coumadin); theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theobid, and others); midazolam (Versed) or triazolam (Halcion); ergotamine (Ercaf, Cafergot, Ergostat, Ergomar) or dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal); carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), or valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene); tacrolimus (Prograf); cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral); lovastatin (Mevacor) or simvastatin (Zocor); bromocriptine (Parlodel); or other antibiotics.

There may be other drugs not listed that can interact with erythromycin. Talk to your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.

Erythromycin has the molecular weight of 733.94. It is a white crystalline powder and has a solubility of approximately 1 mg/mL in water and is soluble in alcohol at 25C. Benzamycin Pak also contains benzoyl peroxide for topical use. Benzoyl peroxide is an oxidizing agent demonstrating antibacterial activity. Chemically, benzoyl peroxide is (C14H10O4). Benzoyl peroxide has the molecular weight of 242.23. It is a white granular powder and is sparingly soluble in water and alcohol and soluble in acetone, chloroform and ether. Each gram of product, as dispensed, contains 30 mg of erythromycin and 50 mg of benzoyl peroxide in a base of SD Alcohol 40B, purified water, hydroxypropyl cellulose, carbomer 934, sodium hydroxide, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate 75%. Each Benzamycin Pak contains 0.8 grams of product.

Erythromycin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of Erythromycin
Brand name: E E S Granules :: E-Mycin :: Ery-Tab :: Eryc :: EryPed :: Eryped 200 :: Eryped 400 :: Erythrocot :: Ilosone :: Robimycin

Similar drugs: Ciprofloxacin :: Mupirocin topical :: Furosemide

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.: Add date: 2006-12-23 15:18:50 .: Score: 1

I am having the worst allergic reaction to this drug. Itchy hands, knee's,eyes, ears and elbows. My scalp is also very itchy and I can't even rest I am so uncomfortable

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