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Erythromycin - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Sathrocin    
  • Eryson    
  • Pharmaniag    

Why do I need this medicine?

Erythromycin is used to treat bacterial infections of the gut, ear, nose, mouth, throat, lungs or skin.

This medicine may also be used to prevent infections if you have suffered from burns or if you recently had dental or surgical procedures.

Erythromycin may be used to treat sexually-transmitted diseases such as gonorrhoea and syphilis or any other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Erythromycin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes or 2 hours before meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

This medicine is available as a tablet, capsule or as an oral suspension.

If you are taking tablets or capsules, swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet or capsule.

If you are taking an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.

Take Erythromycin at regular intervals. Complete the entire course of medicine.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take 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 take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to similar medicines such as clarithromycin, azithromycin or any other macrolide antibiotic.

DO NOT take Erythromycin with medicines for mood disorder, migraine, allergies, stomach disorder and high cholesterol. Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- liver disease
- myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness disorder)
- heart rhythm disorder

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are being treated with Erythromycin for gonorrhoea or syphilis, you should follow your doctor's advise on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.

If you are going for a urine test, inform your doctor that you are taking Erythromycin as this medicine may interfere with the test result.

What side effects could I experience?

Erythromycin may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, stomach discomfort, loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness and difficulty hearing.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- fast irregular heartbeat
- rashes
- breathlessness
- swollen mouth or eyes

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 take this with other medicines?

Do not take Erythromycin with the following medicines:

- medicines for stomach disorder e.g. cisapride
- medicines for mood disorder e.g. pimozide
- medicines to treat allergies e.g. astemizole, terfenadine
- cholesterol lowering medicines e.g. simvastatin, lovastatin
- medicines for migraine e.g. ergotamine

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin, quinidine, disopyramide
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. felodipine
- blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
- other medicines for mood disorder e.g. amisulpride, midazolam, triazolam
- medicines for TB e.g. rifampicin
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine
- medicines for fungal infections e.g. fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole
- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
- other medicines for stomach disorder e.g. cimetidine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Erythromycin.

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.

Store the oral suspension at room temperature. Store reconstituted suspension in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. If frozen, the medicine will become ineffective and should not be used. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Erythromycin - Oral 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 © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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