Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that fights against almost every bacterial infection. It treats multiple infections induced by different bacteria. It has a wide spectrum of activity and is active against multiple strains of bacteria some of them are listed below:
- Haemophilus Influenza
- Neisseria meningitides
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Streptococcus pneumoniae,
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Legionella pneumophila
It can be taken by adults and children and acts by killing bacterial infection and is indicated in multiple infections.
The ailments it is used for:
Erythromycin is an antibiotic that cures below mentioned conditions:
- Prophylactically treats endocarditis before dental surgery
- Intestinal amebiasis
- Chlamydial infections
- Genital, inguinal, or anorectal lymphogranuloma venereum infection
- Acne vulgaris
- Minor skin abrasions
Understanding the drug Erythromycin:
Erythromycin is an antibiotic treats above mentioned infections and is also preferred by the patients who are allergic to penicillin.
How it works?
Erythromycin is a specific inhibitor of protein synthesis and acts by penetrating the bacterial cell wall. It specifically binds to the 50 S ribosomal subunits and blocks the binding of tRNA to the donor site. This way, it blocks the protein synthesis. This drug terminates the process of protein synthesis which is vital for the survival of bacteria thus ultimately results in death of bacteria.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Erythromycin if you:
- Are allergic to Erythromycin
- Have jaundice or other liver disease
- Have kidney problems
- Are suffering from epilepsy
- Have myasthenia gravis
- Have electrolyte imbalance
- Have heart problems like arrhythmia and hypertension
- Are pregnant or breast feeding
How much to take?
The dosage is solely decided by the Doctor after assessing your condition and various factors such as disease condition, age, body weight and gender. One can’t fix the dose as it varies from patient to patient. Always take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor. The usual recommended dose starts from 250 mg and can be increased or decreased depending upon the condition. For mild to moderate infections, it is recommended 250 mg -500 mg (base, estolate and stearate salts) and 400 mg – 800 mg (ethylsuccinate). Always take the dose as prescribed by the doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Erythromycin is available in following strength preparation on our website:
- Althrocin 250 mg
- Althrocin 500 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Althrocin is manufactured by Alembic pharmaceuticals, a renowned pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 30, 60 and 90 tablets.
How to take?
Erythromycin is taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet with full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet. Take the medicine timely and complete full course of the treatment.
When to take?
Always take the medicine as instructed by the Doctor or Pharmacist. Don’t consume the medicine in a greater amount. The dose intake varies from patient to patient. So, doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you. Generally, it is taken orally after every 6 hours. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the intake of the drug.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter any bizarre reaction. Nausea, vomiting and extreme dizziness are few signs and symptoms of overdose.
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. This reduces the chances of missing dose. Talk to your Doctor if you miss the dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, same way this drug also have some undesired effects with it. Erythromycin shows common side effects such as:
- Mild diarrhea
- Mild dizziness
- Mild headache
Some serious and rare side effects that need serious consideration are stated below:
- Irregular heartbeats
- Chest pain
- Sever dizziness
- Fussiness after eating
- Upper stomach infection
- Itching, fatigue and loss of appetite
- Clay colored stools, dark urine and jaundice
- Insomnia, nightmares and hallucinations
- Tinnitus or hearing problems
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Seizures or convulsions
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Erythromycin. Drugs listed below may interact with Erythromycin and can hinder its normal functioning:
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Avoid the intake of aluminum and magnesium antacids along with it as it may reduce its efficacy
- Erythromycin can cause diarrhea, stop taking the medicine and consult your doctor if you experience watery and bloody diarrhea
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine