Erythromycin

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GENERIC NAME:

ERYTHROMYCIN (eh-rith-roe-MYE-sin)

COMMON USES:

This medicine is a macrolide antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. It may also be used to prevent bacterial infections in patients with rheumatic heart disease.

BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking cisapride, ergot alkaloids, astemizole, terfenadine, or pimozide. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants, buspirone, cyclosporine, carbamazepine, methylprednisolone, digoxin, disopyramide, tacrolimus, midazolam, QT-prolonging agents (medicine that may change your heart rhythm, such as amiodarone, lithium, phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants, certain quinolone antibiotics, sotalol, bepridil), rifampin, theophyllines, vincristine, or vinblastine. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include abdominal cramping or discomfort, nausea, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR if you experience vomiting, severe stomach cramping, fever, yellowing of skin or eyes, or darkening of urine. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.