Emgel

Last updated on RxList: 6/12/2017
Emgel Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 5/13/2016

Emgel (erythromycin) Topical Gel is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such as severe acne. The brand name Emgel is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Emgel (erythromycin) Topical Gel include:

  • burning
  • redness
  • itching, or dry or oily skin
  • peeling, or skin irritation or tenderness
  • especially in the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.

Other side effects of Emgel (erythromycin) Topical Gel include eye irritation.

Apply Emgel sparingly as a thin layer to affected area(s) twice a day, in the morning and the evening, after the skin has been thoroughly washed with soap and water and patted dry. The hands should be washed after application. Emgel may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Emgel should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Emgel (erythromycin) Topical Gel Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning, stinging, or redness;
  • oozing or other signs of skin infection;
  • worsening of your skin condition; or
  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody (even if it occurs months after your last dose).

Common side effects may include:

  • skin itching, redness, burning, or peeling; or
  • dry or oily skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Emgel (Erythromycin)

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SIDE EFFECTS

The most common adverse reaction reported with EMGEL (erythromycin) Topical Gel was burning. The following have been reported occasionally: peeling, dryness, itching, erythema, and oiliness. Irritation of the eyes and tenderness of the skin have also been reported with the topical use of erythromycin. A generalized urticarial reaction, which was possibly related to the use of erythromycin and required systemic steroid therapy, has been reported.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Emgel (Erythromycin)

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