Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Erythrocin Stearate (erythromycin stearate) is an antibiotic used to treat or prevent a wide variety of bacterial infections. Common side effects of Erythrocin Stearate include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or cramping, loss of appetite, and heartburn.
The usual adult dosage of Erythrocin Stearate is 250 mg every 6 hours; or 500 mg every 12 hours. Erythrocin Stearate may interact with eletriptan, ergot alkaloids, heart rhythm medications, ivabradine, amiodarone, dofetilide, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine, sotalol, thioridazine, colchicine, digoxin, "live" vaccines, warfarin, azole antifungals, rifamycins, calcium channel blockers, anti-seizure medicines, alfentanil, bromocriptine, buspirone, benzodiazepines, caffeine-containing drugs, cilostazol, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, eplerenone, erectile dysfunction medications, eszopiclone, felodipine, "statin" drugs, quetiapine, tacrolimus, theophylline, tolterodine, or vinblastine. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Erythrocin Stearate should be used only if prescribed. Some antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control. Ask your doctor if you should use additional birth control while using this drug. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Erythrocin Stearate (erythromycin stearate) 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.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of liver disease (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain), unusual tiredness, muscle weakness, slurred speech, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, hearing loss.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.
Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of these symptoms because these products may make them worse.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Erythrocin Stearate (Erythromycin Stearate Tablets)
The most frequent side effects of oral erythromycin preparations are gastrointestinal and are doserelated. They include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and anorexia. Symptoms of hepatitis, hepatic dysfunction and/or abnormal liver function test results may occur. (See WARNINGS)
Allergic reactions ranging from urticaria to anaphylaxis have occurred. Skin reactions ranging from mild eruptions to erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis have been reported rarely.
There have been rare reports of pancreatitis and convulsions.
There have been isolated reports of reversible hearing loss occurring chiefly in patients with renal insufficiency and in patients receiving high doses of erythromycin.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Erythrocin Stearate (Erythromycin Stearate Tablets)
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