Romycin Side Effects

Generic Name: erythromycin topical

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug erythromycin topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Romycin.

It is possible that some side effects of Romycin may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to erythromycin topical: topical gel/jelly, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical pad, topical solution, topical swab

As well as its needed effects, erythromycin topical (the active ingredient contained in Romycin) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Some erythromycin topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

For erythromycin ointmentLess common
  • Peeling
  • redness
For erythromycin pledget (swab), topical gel, or topical liquid form More common
  • Dry or scaly skin
  • irritation
  • itching
  • stinging or burning feeling
Less common
  • Peeling
  • redness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to erythromycin topical: topical gel, topical ointment, topical solution, topical swab

Local

Local side effects are the most commonly reported adverse effects of topical erythromycin, and have included dryness, burning, tenderness, pruritus, desquamation, erythema, and oiliness. A single case of generalized urticarial reaction has been reported.[Ref]

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included eye irritation.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Akne-Mycin (erythromycin topical)" Healthpoint, Fort Worth, TX.

2. "Product Information. A/T/S 2% Topical Gel (erythromycin topical)" Hoechst Marion-Roussel Inc, Kansas City, MO.

3. Fisher AA "Adverse reactions to topical clindamycin, erythromycin and tetracycline." Cutis 32 (1983): 415,419,424,428

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