Erythromycin is a prescription antibiotic commonly prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections like:
Erythromycin is also used as an alternative treatment for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. It’s a macrolide antibiotic that works by killing the bacteria. It prevents the bacteria from growing and multiplying by interfering its ability to make protein without harming the normal human cells. Without the proteins, the bacteria cannot grow and multiply. This kills them and clears up the infection.
Erythromycin is an effective and potent antibiotic against a wide variety of bacterial infections. It’s active against most gram-positive and few gram-negative bacteria. Erythromycin is given to patients who are allergic to penicillin for infections of hearts’ valve in patients with valvular abnormalities of the heart. It’s one of the most prescribed medicines in the US and is available as generic medication that is not very expensive.
Your dose and the duration of treatment depend on your condition, your age and the function of your kidney. Take your medication exactly as prescribed by your physician. The usual recommended dose for an adult is 250 mg every 6 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days. Your doctor may increase your dose to 4 g a day depending on the severity of your infection. For children, the recommended dose is 30 to 50 mg/ body kg. For the treatment of acne rosacea, you may need to take your medications for a longer period.
Take it at least 30 minutes before a meal. It if upsets your stomach, you can take it with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not break, crush or chew the tablet. If you forget your dose, take it as soon as you remember.
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