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erythromycin topical

Pronunciation: ee RITH roe MYE sin

Brand: Emcin Clear, Erygel, Theramycin Z

What is the most important information I should know about erythromycin topical?

Diarrhea may be a sign of a new infection. Call your doctor if you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it.

What is erythromycin topical?

Erythromycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria.

Erythromycin topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne vulgaris in adults.

Erythromycin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using erythromycin topical?

You should not use erythromycin topical if you are allergic to it.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Erythromycin topical is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use erythromycin topical?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.

Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Clean and dry the skin area before you apply erythromycin topical. Spread the medicine on lightly, without rubbing it in.

Erythromycin topical is usually applied once or twice daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube or bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Erythromycin topical gel is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using erythromycin topical?

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor before using anti-diarrhea medicine.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with erythromycin topical unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps or skin cleansers, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water.

What are the possible side effects of erythromycin topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning, stinging, or redness;
  • oozing or other signs of skin infection;
  • worsening of your skin condition; or
  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody (even if it occurs months after your last dose).

Common side effects may include:

  • skin itching, redness, burning, or peeling; or
  • dry or oily skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect erythromycin topical?

Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about erythromycin topical.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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