Erythromycin - topical/cutaneous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Erythromycin is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat acne.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Erythromycin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Erythromycin is available as ointment, topical solution or gel.

To use this medicine:
  1. Wash your hands and the affected area.
  2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
  3. For topical solution, shake the bottle well prior to use. Turn the bottle upside down and dab the pad onto the affected area. For gel and ointment, apply a thin layer on the skin. Rub it gently until it disappears.
  4. Wash your hands after each application.
  5. Allow the applied medicine to dry before using any other product or makeup.
Avoid contact of this medicine with your eyes, nose or mouth. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine accidentally gets into your eyes or mouth. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.

Erythromycin topical gel contains ingredients which are flammable. Avoid flame or smoking during and immediately after applying this medicine on your skin.

Erythromycin must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Erythromycin or any of its ingredients.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not apply on large areas of your skin or if it is broken.

Avoid using skin cleansers, medicated soaps or cosmetics containing alcohol as this may cause irritation.
What side effects could I experience?
Erythromycin may cause any of the following side effects: skin irritation such as burning or itching sensation, dryness, peeling, redness and oiliness of the skin or eye irritation.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using Erythromycin and inform your doctor immediately. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are using an antibiotic called clindamycin.

Let your doctor know if you are using any creams, ointments or other medicines on the affected area.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from heat and flame.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on erythromycin - topical/cutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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