Erythromycin

Erythromycin is prescribed for the treatment for the infections caused by the bacteria. It is also prescribed for rheumatic fever and bacterial endocarditis.

Follow your doctor’s direction when taking the medicine. Erythromycin should be taken with food to avoid stomach upset. Care should be taken that the drug is not broken, crushed or chewed; it has to be swallowed whole.

Before the doctor prescribes Erythromycin, you have to tell him about all your medical conditions. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any food, medicine or any substance.

Inform your doctor if you have any liver or kidney problems; heart problems; myasthenia gravis and porphyria; stomach infections and diarrhea. Erythromycin is also known to interact with certain medicines and so it is better to tell your doctor about all the medications that you are taking before he decides on the prescription.

Pregnant women and those hoping to become pregnant have to take the drug only after discussing with the doctor about the risks and benefits of the drug during pregnancy. It is better to avoid breast-feeding when taking Erythromycin as the drug is seen in breast milk.

Prolonged use of Erythromycin is known to cause a second infection. If you come across any signs of a second attack, inform your doctor immediately so that he can make necessary changes in your prescription.

When taking the drug, you should never miss the doctor’s appointment and lab tests. You should have to go for regular lab tests, especially to check the kidney/ functions and to check the blood cell count.