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Erythromycin has the empirical formula C 37 H 67 NO 13 and a molecular weight of 733.94. It has the following structural formula:
EMGEL Topical Gel contains erythromycin, USP 2% (20 mg/g) with SD 40-2 alcohol 77%, propylene glycol, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.
What are the possible side effects of erythromycin topical?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using erythromycin topical and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe burning, stinging, or redness;
- oozing or other signs of skin infection;
- worsening of your skin condition; or
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild skin irritation or tenderness;
- dry or oily...
What are the precautions when taking erythromycin (Emgel)?
Before using erythromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antibiotics (e.g., azithromycin, clarithromycin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before...
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/29/2005
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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