Erythromycin is used to treat the following diseases and conditions:
- Streptococcal infections of the throat ("strep throat") and skin
- Acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Whooping cough (pertussis),
- Listeriosis (Listeria), and
- Intestinal amebiasis
- Infections of the lung (pneumonia) caused by streptococcal pneumoniae, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires' disease)
- An alternative antibiotic for the treatment of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia
Erythromycin also is used in patients who are allergic to penicillin for the prevention of recurrent rheumatic fever and infections of the hearts' valves (endocarditis)) in patients with valvular abnormalities of the heart before they undergo dental treatments.
The non-FDA approved uses for erythromycin include:
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