Erythromycin – Side Effects

Erythromycin is in a group of drugs called macrolide antibiotics. Erythromycin fights bacteria in the body. Erythromycin is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.

Erythromycin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as bronchitis; diphtheria; Legionnaires’ disease; pertussis (whooping cough); pneumonia; rheumatic fever; venereal disease (VD); and ear, intestine, lung, urinary tract, and skin infections. It is also used before some surgery or dental work to prevent infection.

Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Erythromycin comes as a capsule, tablet, long-acting capsule, long-acting tablet, chewable tablet, liquid, and pediatric drops to take by mouth. It usually is taken every 6 hours (four times a day) or every 8 hours (three times a day) for 7-21 days. Some infections may require a longer time.

If it is in the liquid form, shake the liquid and pediatric drops well before each use to mix the medication evenly. Use the bottle dropper to measure the dose of pediatric drops. The chewable tablets should be crushed or chewed thoroughly before they are swallowed. The other capsules and tablets should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water.

Erythromycin may leads to some side effects like:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Mild skin rash
  • Stomach pain

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:-

  • Severe skin rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Pale stools
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Dark urine
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Vaginal infection
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing