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Erythromycin Estolate Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine and dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Follow the directions for storage that are provided by the pharmacist.


Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate Chewable tablet

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfinadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine and dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Follow the directions for storage that are provided by the pharmacist.


Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Gastro-resistant tablet

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not chew or crush. You can take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Lactobionate Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • taking terfenadine or astemizole

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine and dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • dark urine

  • feeling faint, lightheaded

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat

  • pain, redness where injected

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.


Erythromycin Medicated topical pledget

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat acne.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and dry completely before applying. Wait 30 minutes after shaving or washing before applying the pledgets. This preparation contains alcohol and may sting. Rub the pledget over the whole affected area. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Use this medicine for the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other antibiotics

  • topical corticosteroids like dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisolone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin does not improve after 3 to 6 weeks of use. It can take 8 to 12 weeks of treatment to see the full effects of this medicine.

Do not wash your face more than 2 to 3 times a day. Frequent washing can make your skin very dry, scale or peel. Let your doctor or health care professional know if this happens. Do not use any soothing cream or ointment without advice.

You can use makeup while using this medicine. Only use water based products and apply lightly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • redness, swelling, pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry, scaly skin

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). This medicine contains alcohol and can catch fire. Keep away from heat, lighted matches, cigarettes and other naked flames. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Ophthalmic ointment

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial eye infections. It also prevents a certain type of eye infection that can occur in some babies.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

  • if you have an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the tube, to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the end of the tube to apply a thin layer of the ointment to the inside of the lower eyelid. Close the eye gently to spread the ointment. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • burning, stinging, or itching of the eyes or eyelids

  • changes in vision

  • redness, swelling, or pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused ointment after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not chew or crush. You can take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Oral tablet, gastro-resistant pellets

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not chew or crush. You can take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Stearate Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • astemizole

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine

  • certain medicines for psychotic disturbances like mesoridazine, pimozide, thioridazine, ziprasidone

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • eplerenone

  • ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine

  • methadone

  • other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin

  • sirolimus

  • terfenadine

  • vinblastine

  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil

  • birth control

  • bromocriptine

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • phenytoin

  • theophylline

  • valproate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • difficulty breathing

  • hearing loss

  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Topical gel

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat acne.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and dry completely before applying. Wait 30 minutes after shaving or washing before applying the gel. This preparation contains alcohol and may sting. Apply a thin film to cover the affected area. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Use this medicine for the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other antibiotics

  • topical corticosteroids like dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisolone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin does not improve after 3 to 6 weeks of use. It can take 8 to 12 weeks of treatment to see the full effects of this medicine.

Do not wash your face more than 2 to 3 times a day. Frequent washing can make your skin very dry, scale or peel. Let your doctor or health care professional know if this happens. Do not use any soothing cream or ointment without advice.

You can use makeup while using this medicine. Only use water based products and apply lightly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • redness, swelling, pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry, scaly skin

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). This medicine contains alcohol and can catch fire. Keep away from heat, lighted matches, cigarettes and other naked flames. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Topical ointment

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat acne.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and dry completely before applying. Apply a thin film to cover the affected area. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Use this medicine for the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other antibiotics

  • topical corticosteroids like dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisolone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin does not improve after 3 to 6 weeks of use. It can take 8 to 12 weeks of treatment to see the full effects of this medicine.

Do not wash your face more than 2 to 3 times a day. Frequent washing can make your skin very dry, scale or peel. Let your doctor or health care professional know if this happens. Do not use any soothing cream or ointment without advice.

You can use makeup while using this medicine. Only use water based products and apply lightly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • redness, swelling, pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry, scaly skin

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Topical pad, cleanser

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat acne.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and dry completely before applying. Wait 30 minutes after shaving or washing before applying the pledgets. This preparation contains alcohol and may sting. Rub the pledget over the whole affected area. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Use this medicine for the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other antibiotics

  • topical corticosteroids like dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisolone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin does not improve after 3 to 6 weeks of use. It can take 8 to 12 weeks of treatment to see the full effects of this medicine.

Do not wash your face more than 2 to 3 times a day. Frequent washing can make your skin very dry, scale or peel. Let your doctor or health care professional know if this happens. Do not use any soothing cream or ointment without advice.

You can use makeup while using this medicine. Only use water based products and apply lightly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • redness, swelling, pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry, scaly skin

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). This medicine contains alcohol and can catch fire. Keep away from heat, lighted matches, cigarettes and other naked flames. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Erythromycin Topical solution

What is this medicine?

ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat acne.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and dry completely before applying this medicine. Wait 30 minutes after shaving or washing before applying. This preparation contains alcohol and may sting. The bottle will have an applicator top. Tilt the bottle and apply the solution. Cover all pimples and the surrounding area until the skin is wet. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Use this medicine for the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other antibiotics

  • topical corticosteroids like dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisolone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin does not improve after 3 to 6 weeks of use. It can take 8 to 12 weeks of treatment to see the full effects of this medicine.

Do not wash your face more than 2 to 3 times a day. Frequent washing can make your skin very dry, scale or peel. Let your doctor or health care professional know if this happens. Do not use any soothing cream or ointment without advice.

You can use makeup while using this medicine. Only use water based products and apply lightly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • redness, swelling, pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry, scaly skin

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). This medicine contains alcohol and can catch fire. Keep away from heat, lighted matches, cigarettes and other naked flames. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.