Drug: erythromycin

The most frequent side effects of erythromycin are:
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • loss of appetite,
  • diarrhea, and
  • abdominal pain.
These gastrointestinal side effects are usually dose-related, i.e., more pronounced with higher doses. Allergic reactions such as:
  • hives,
  • rash, or
  • anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction which can lead to shock and death) have been reported rarely.

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Yes

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Tablets: 250, 333, 400 and 500 mg. Suspension: 200 and, 400 mg/teaspoon. Tablet (Chewable): 200 mg. Powder: 100 mg/half-teaspoon and 200 mg/teaspoon. Granules: 200 and 400 mg/teaspoon. Powder for Injection: 500 mg and 1g.

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Erythromycin should be stored at temperatures below 86 F (30 C). It is important to protect tablets from moisture and excessive heat.

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The usual dosage for adults is 250 mg every 6 hours, 333 mg every 8 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours. Doses may be increased up to 4 g/day according to the severity of the infection. In children, the usual dosage is 30 to 50 mg/kg/day with age, weight, and severity of the infection being taken into consideration to determine the appropriate dosage. Erythromycin may be taken with or without food; however optimal blood levels of erythromycin are obtained when taken on an empty stomach (at least 30 minutes and preferably 2 hours before or after meals).

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Erythromycin crosses the placenta, but its level in the blood of the fetus is low. There are no adequate studies in pregnant women, hence pregnant women should only use erythromycin if it is felt that the benefits of treatment outweigh the potential but unknown risks.

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Erythromycin is excreted in breast milk; however, erythromycin is considered by the American Academy of Pediatrics to be compatible with breastfeeding. Caution should be exercised, however, when erythromycin is prescribed to women who are breastfeeding.

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