Erythromycin (On the skin)
Antiacne, Antibacterial (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Erythromycin belongs to the family of medicines called antibiotics. Erythromycin topical preparations are used on the skin to help control acne. They may be used alone or with one or more other medicines that are applied to the skin or taken by mouth for acne. They may also be used for other problems, such as skin infections, as determined by your doctor.
Erythromycin is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Ointment, Pad, Lotion, Gel/Jelly, Liquid, Swab
Your doctor will tell you how often to use the medicine.
Use this medicine on the skin only. Never swallow it.
Wash and dry the affected area before using the medicine.
The medicine should be spread lightly over the affected area (on and around the acne). Do not rub it into your skin.
Wash your hands well after using this medicine.
The pledgets (swabs) or pads should be used just once and then thrown away.
If a dose is missed:
Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
You should not use twice as much medicine if you miss a dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Check with your doctor before using any other acne medicine on your skin.
When Not To Use
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to erythromycin.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
Possible side effects
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If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Dry or peeling skin
Tenderness, stinging or burning
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
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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Brand names include
A/T/S, Akne-Mycin, Emcin, Emgel, Ery, Erycette, Eryderm, Erygel, Sans-Acne, Staticin, Theramycin Z
There may be other brand names for this medicine.