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Erythromycin base topical
ERYTHROMYCIN - TOPICAL OINTMENT

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ERYTHROMYCIN - TOPICAL OINTMENT

(eh-rith-row-MY-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Akne-Mycin

Uses

Erythromycin is an antibiotic used on the skin to treat acne.

How To Use

This medication is for topical use only. Clean and dry the affected area before applying this medication. Apply a small amount of ointment to the affected area and rub in gently. A thin layer is all that is needed. Wash hands after use. Do not use this more often or for longer than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased. Avoid contact with the eyes.

Side Effects

This medication may cause redness, burning, dry skin, itching, eye irritation and oily skin. Notify your doctor if these symptoms continue or if you develop a skin rash. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: any allergies (especially to macrolide antibiotics). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Small amounts of this medication may be found in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially any skin products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

It may take weeks or months of therapy with this medication to treat acne. Follow your doctor's instructions and keep all doctors appointments so the effectiveness of this therapy can be monitored.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered; do not apply it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat. Check the expiration date on the tube and discard any expired medication.