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Erygel

Last reviewed on RxList: 3/30/2017
Erygel Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 2/15/2016

Erygel (erythromycin topical) Gel USP 2% is a topical (for the skin) antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such as severe acne. Erygel is available in generic form. Common side effects of Erygel include burning, redness, itching, irritation, tenderness, or dry/peeling/oily skin, especially in the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects of Erygel include eye irritation.

Erygel Topical Gel should be applied sparingly as a thin film dose to affected area(s) once or twice a day after the skin is thoroughly cleansed and patted dry. Spread the medication lightly rather than rubbing it in. Erygel may interact with other drugs. Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with Erygel unless instructed by your doctor. Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps or skin cleansers, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Erygel should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Erygel (erythromycin topical) Gel USP 2% 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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Erygel Consumer Information

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 Erygel (Erythromycin Topical Gel)

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Erygel Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

In controlled clinical trials, the incidence of burning associated with ERYGEL® (erythromycin topical gel) Topical Gel was approximately 25%. The following additional local adverse reactions 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. Ageneralized urticarial reaction, possibly related to the use of erythromycin, which required systemic steroid therapy has been reported.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Erygel (Erythromycin Topical Gel)

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© Erygel Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Erygel Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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