- What is erythromycin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for erythromycin?
- Is erythromycin available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for erythromycin?
- What are the side effects of erythromycin?
- What is the dosage for erythromycin?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with erythromycin?
- Is erythromycin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about erythromycin?
What is erythromycin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Erythromycin is an antibiotic in the class of antibiotics known as macrolide antibiotics which also includes azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) and clarithromycin (Biaxin). It is used to treat several types of infections including upper/lower respiratory tract infections, skin infections, acute pelvic inflammatory disease, erythrasma, etc. caused by bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and many others. Erythromycin, like all macrolide antibiotics, prevents bacterial cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with their ability to make proteins while not affecting human cells. Bacteria such as Haemophilus influenzae are resistant to erythromycin alone and must be treated with a combination of erythromycin and adequate doses of sulfonamides. The FDA approved E.E.S in April 1965.
What brand names are available for erythromycin?
Is erythromycin available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for erythromycin?
What are the side effects of erythromycin?
The most frequent side effects of erythromycin are:
- 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:
- rash, or
- anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction which can lead to shock and death) have been reported rarely.
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