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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.

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.

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:
  • chloroquine
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • eplerenone
  • ergotamine and dihydroergotamine
  • methadone
  • other antibiotics, like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin
  • sirolimus
  • some medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
  • some medicines for heart rhythm problems
  • some medicines for psychotic disturbances
  • vinblastine
  • red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil
  • bromocriptine
  • carbamazepine
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • some medicines for anxiety or difficulty sleeping
  • phenytoin
  • terfenadine
  • theophylline
  • valproate
  • warfarin

               
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