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    What is Erythromycin used for?

    Erythromycin is an antibiotic medicine used to treat or prevent different types of bacterial infections. This medication fights bacteria in your body and thus stops their growth. It belongs to the macrolide family of medicines. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Erythromycin?

    The dosage of Erythromycin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Erythromycin with a full glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablet. Swallow the medication whole.

    What if you miss a dose of Erythromycin?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Erythromycin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Erythromycin?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Erythromycin?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Erythromycin.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Erythromycin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Erythromycin can interact with other antibiotics, live bacterial vaccines, and certain anti-seizure medicines.

    Also, tell your prescriber or healthcare professional if you are a frequent user of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your healthcare professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

    What are the side effects of Erythromycin?

    Like other medicines, Erythromycin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Erythromycin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Erythromycin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Erythromycin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Erythromycin can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, skin rash, and stomach pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Erythromycin.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Erythromycin?

    Is it possible for me to take Erythromycin with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Erythromycin?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Erythromycin?
    How will Erythromycin work in my body?
    How should Erythromycin be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Erythromycin drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists, or other healthcare professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Erythromycin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your healthcare professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2013-03-19
    How long should you take this medicine for ? Days .... Few weeks or months ? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Recommended dosage for Erythromycin 250mg is 1 tablet twice a day morning and night for children above 7 years and below 14 years Recommended dosage for Erythromycin 500mg is 1 tablet twice a day morning and night for adults above 14 years But regarding the exact drug and dosage I would suggest you to please get confirmation from you physician since your physician would suggest you based on the severity of your health conditions.
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