Erythromycin Estolate is an oral macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat mild-to-moderate bacterial infection since the 1950s caused by sensitive agents. It is active against many gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Erythromycin was approved for use in the United States in 1967.
It is broad-spectrum antibiotic effective against a wide variety of organisms. The drug belongs to the class of medication called as a macrolide antibiotic.
The drug penetrates the cell membrane of the bacterial cell. It binds to the 50s subunit of the bacterial ribosome and blocks the exit of the growing peptide chain. The above process inhibits the protein synthesis. The bacterial cell is unable to grow and multiply without protein and dies. This helps to clear the bacterial infection.
The above medicine is useful for the treatment of many bacterial diseases.
The drug is available in the form of strength 250 mg and 500 mg. The dosage depends on
Recommended starting dose ( Adult)- 250 mg every 6 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours.
Children– 15 to 25 mg/kg body weight. Your doctor may adjust the dose according to the type of infection.
What are the precautions in taking Erythromycin Estolate?
Erythromycin Estolate is a generic drug. It is cheaper than the brand Erythrocin. The difference in the cost is due to the packing, pricing and the brand name of the company. Generic drugs is cheaper due to the various cost-cutting measure. It include no brand names of any company.
Pack of 30 tablets of 250 mg is $ 34, per unit cost is $1.13.
Pack of 30 tablets of 500 mg is $ 59, per unit cost is $ 1.97.
Cost of pack of 30 tablets of 250 mg is $ 206.73, per unit cost is $ 6.89.
This shows the difference in the cost of generic and brand version. It is beneficial to go with generic medicines with the same effect.