Erythromycin tablets should not be used if you have a known hypersensitivity to this antibiotic or if you are taking terfenadine, astemizole, cisapride, pimozide, ergotamine, or dihydroergotamine. If you are unsure, ask your doctor if you are taking any of these medications. What is the most important information I should know about erythromycin tablets? Erythromycin tablets should not be taken together with certain statins including lovastatin or simvastatin. Talk to your doctor if you are currently taking statins to help control your cholesterol.
Erythromycin tablets are a prescription antibiotic medication used in the treatment of infections caused by specific, susceptible strains of microorganisms in the following diseases: respiratory tract infections; listeriosis; skin and skin structure infections; pertussis (whooping cough); diphtheria; erythrasma; intestinal amebiasis; acute pelvic inflammatory disease; conjunctivitis in newborns; pneumonia of infancy; urogenital infections during pregnancy; uncomplicated urethral, endocervical, or rectal infections in adults in specific situations; nongonococcal urethritis in specific situations; primary syphilis; and Legionnaires’ Disease. About Erythromycin Tablets
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Erythromycin oral tablets has annual sales of more than $49 million in the U.S., according to IQVIA data as of January 2021.
Erythromycin tablets may cause a condition called Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD). The condition can range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal inflammation of the colon. Erythromycin tablets should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). Although it is common to feel better early in the course of taking erythromycin tablets, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by erythromycin tablets or other antibacterial drugs in the future. Erythromycin tablets should not be used to prevent syphilis in infants born to women treated during pregnancy with oral erythromycin.
Erythromycin tablets can cause problems with your heart and heart rate resulting in death. Erythromycin tablets should be avoided in patients with heart or heart rate problems, and/or are taking medications to treat these conditions. Elderly patients may have a higher risk of drug-associated effects on the heart and heart rate. Tell your doctor about all medications you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Erythromycin tablets can cause liver problems including increased liver enzymes; and certain types of hepatitis, with or without jaundice.
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