Erythromycin: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, respiratory infections and skin infections. Erythromycin is marketed under many different brand names including Emgel, Erycette, T-Stat, Ilotycin, and Erythrocin, among others. The drug can be taken orally or used topically.

Using erythromycin can cause upset stomach and diarrhea. However, the drug may have much more serious effects on your health. Use of erythromycin is associated with torsades de pointes, a potentially lethal heart arrhythmia, which can cause sudden death. Women using erythromycin have a higher risk of developing torsades de pointes than men.

Additionally, erythromycin can cause severe reactions when taken with other drugs. When taken with terfenadine and astemizole, erythromycin can increase the risk of dangerous heart arrhythmias. Adverse interactions are also possible with the following drugs: carbamazepine, cyclosporine, theophylline, triazolam, warfarin and cisapride.

A recent study found that erythromycin may cause pyloric stenosis, a digestive disorder in infants.

See your doctor if you have questions about erythromycin or if you have experienced serious health problems after taking this medication. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Arrhythmia: Overview
  3. Pyloric Stenosis: Overview
  4. Torsades de Pointes: Overview
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