Erythromycin is an antibiotic belonging to a new group called macrolide. It is used for treatment of various systemic infections.
Topical form of erythromycin is available in the form of ointment, swab, gel, lotion and pad.
It is used in the treatment of acne by restricting the growth of the bacteria causing it.
It helps reduce pimples caused by bacterial growth and is also prescribed for other skin infections.
2 What to Know Before Using
The decision of starting any new medication or any treatment method is done after the patient has informed the physician any doubts in his/her mind, and has also been informed of all the details by physician.
Topical erythromycin should be used according to complete information from the consulting doctor.
It is ideal that doctor and patient work as a team and following things are considered:
Detailed history of a patient is extremely important prior to any medical therapy.
Allergies or any history of allergy to any drug, food, preservatives, dyes or animal products, history of drug usage, past medical or surgical procedure should also be kept in record to predict any drug interaction.
Physical examination should be done before starting this drug so that any physiological or pathological condition by which this drug may interfere may be ruled out.
Age specific assessment is much important for the safety of a patient. Geriatric studies have not been extensive to conclude the effectiveness of this combination in elderly.
However, its use has shown that there are no different side effects in elderly than in young adults. This drug combination also has similar side effects profile in children as that of adults.
Drug interactions may occur when many drugs are used together. Other drugs may enhance or diminish effects of erythromycin.
A consulting doctor should be well aware of the drug history of the patient and inform the patient about any possible effect Warfarin and clindamycin show drug interactions with erythromycin, hence their usage is restricted or limited to those times when erythromycin is not used.
Alcohol, tobacco and certain types of foods may also lead to increase in drug interactions.
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