Eryc (Erythromycin) Dosage and Side Effects
ERYC is an antibiotic for the treatment of mild to moderate infections by certain microorganisms.
Warnings and Precautions
BEFORE you use ERYC talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:
- Suffer from liver disease.
- Suffer from myasthenia gravis, a condition characterised by muscle weakness, difficulty chewing and swallowing and slurred speech.
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- Are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. Erythromycin is excreted in breast milk.
While taking ERYC:
- Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
- Stop taking ERYC immediately if you become pregnant and consult your doctor.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking ERYC if you are about to start taking any new medicines.
- Do not stop taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to, even if you are feeling better.
- Do not use ERYC to treat any other medical complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
ERYC may cause side effects. If they occur, they are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
ERYC may cause liver problems and liver dysfunction with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and discomfort, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), diarrhea, inflammation of the pancreas, itching and skin rashes, hearing problems (associated with very high doses), confusion, hallucinations, vertigo (dizziness, balance problem) and seizure.
Long-term use of ERYC has been associated with the growth of not sensitive bacteria or fungi and bacteria initially sensitive to ERYC. If such infections occur, stop taking ERYC and call your doctor or pharmacist.
Interactions with this medication
Drugs that may interact with ERYC include:
- alfentanil, midazolam and triazolam (sedatives which may be given before an operation)
- astemizole* and terfenadine* (antihistamines, for treating allergies)
- atorvastatin, lovastatin (for reducing blood cholesterol)
- carbamazepine, hexobarbital, phenytoin (for epilepsy)
- chloramphenicol, clindamycin and lincomycin (for infections)
- cyclosporin (for prevention of rejection after graft or organ transplant)
- cisapride* (for stomach disorders)
- digoxin and quinidine (for heart conditions)
- dihydroergotamine, ergotamine (for migraine)
- oral anticoagulants (for preventing blood clots)
- pimozide (for psychiatric disorders)
- theophylline (for breathing problems)
Proper Use of this medication
Follow your doctor's instructions carefully about how much ERYC to take and when to take it.
ERYC should be swallowed, at least 30 minutes and preferably 2 hours before or after a meal.
Antibacterial drugs including ERYC 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 therapy, 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 ERYC or other antibacterial drugs in the future.
REMEMBER: This medication is for YOU. Never give it to others. It may harm them even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
In case of drug overdose, contact a health care practitioner, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.
Do not take more capsules than your doctor has told you to.
If you should forget to take your capsule at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember unless it is time to take the next one. Continue with the remaining doses as before. Do not take more than one dose at a time.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.