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US Brand Name Erythromycin
Generic Name Erythromycin Estolate
Other Brand Name Erycin, Althrocin
Manufacturer PFIZER
Packing 10
Form Tablet
Strength 500 mg, 250 mg

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Introduction

Erythromycin, also known as macrolide antibiotic, is a medicine recommended for treating array of bacterial infections. The drug is also recommended for preventing attacks of rheumatic fever and bacterial endocarditis. Available in tablet, capsule, long-acting tablet and capsule and various other forms, it is easily available in the dosage strengths of 250, 500mg, etc. in numerous online as well as offline market.


Use

The prescription antibiotic is used for treating following infections: • Respiratory tract infections like pneumonia and pertussis • Syphilis • Skin infections • Intestinal ameba infections • Listeriosis • Diptheria • Chlamydia The drug is also used for treating infections related to throat, eyes and nose. It works by either slowing or killing the growth of sensitive bacteria. It reduces the production of important proteins which are needed by bacteria for their survival. The drug is commonly recommended to those people who are allergic to penicillin.


Side effects

Erythromycin Estolate tablets have certain side-effects which affect individuals in dissimilar ways. Some of the possible side-effects of the drug are nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc. Some patients also experience some of the serious side-effects of the drug like uneven heartbeats, dark urine, jaundice, clay-colored stools, etc. These adverse effects need to be brought in the doctor’s notice on immediate basis.


storage

Store the medication at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture. Avoid storing the drug in kitchen and bathroom.


Composition

Erythromycin is regarded as active ingredient in the Erythromycin Estolate tablet.


Dosage and administration

Depending upon the severity of infection and other important facts, the dosage and the length of the treatment is determined. The usual dosage of Erythromycin in adults varies from 250 to 500 mg tablet taken after every 6 to 12 hours. Children are given dosage on the basis of their weight. The dosage needs to take with full glass of water. The drug can be taken with food or milk. A person can even take the tablet with an empty stomach. Crushing, chewing or breaking the tablet is not allowed, instead swallow it as a whole.


Administration to pregnant women and nursing mothers

FDA considers Erythromycin tablet as pregnancy category B drug, therefore it is safe for pregnant women. However, it is advised to discuss with healthcare professional before start taking the drug. In nursing mothers, the medication must be used with caution. Hence, it would be a wise decision to talk with healthcare professional before taking the drug.


Overdosage

Taking overdosage of the drug is strictly not recommended. When a person takes overdosage, he is likely to encounter with symptoms like hearing loss, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, etc. These symptoms can lead to undesired results if medical attention is not availed immediately.