Highlights for erythromycin
erythromycin Side Effects
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):
- loss of appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach pain
erythromycin May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- 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
- ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine
- other antibiotics like grepafloxacin or sparfloxacin
- red yeast rice
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- birth control
- certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
- certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
- other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
How to Use erythromycin
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Last Updated: July 11, 2014