ERYTHROMYCIN 250MG TABLETS

Active substance: ERYTHROMYCIN

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET ON
GBR 726-6182-APIL

ERYTHROMYCIN TABLETS BP (Erythromycin)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine.
- Please keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If any of the side effects becomes severe, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Erythromycin Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Erythromycin Tablets
3. How to take Erythromycin Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Erythromycin Tablets
6. Further information
1. WHAT ERYTHROMYCIN TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY
ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Erythromycin Tablets BP.
Erythromycin Tablets contain the active ingredient erythromycin, which
belongs to a group of medicines called macrolide antibiotics.
Erythromycin Tablets are used to prevent and treat infections such as:
• Throat and sinus infections.
• Chest infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
• Ear infections.
• Mouth and dental infections.
• Eye infections.
• Skin and tissue infections, such as acne.
• Stomach and intestinal infections.
• Prevention of infection following burns, operations or dental
procedures.
• Other infections, such as sexually transmitted diseases, bone
infections or scarlet fever.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ERYTHROMYCIN TABLETS
Do not take Erythromycin Tablets if you:
• have been told you that you are allergic to erythromycin or other
macrolide antibiotics such as clarithromycin or azithromycin or any
of the other ingredients of Erythromycin Tablets.
• are currently taking a medicine called
- ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (used to treat migraines) as
this may cause serious side effects while taking erythromycin.
- terfenadine or astemizole (widely taken for hayfever and
allergies), cisapride (for stomach disorders) or pimozide (for
psychiatric conditions) while receiving erythromycin, as
combining these drugs can sometimes cause serious disturbances
in heart rhythm. Consult your doctor for advice on alternative
medicines you can take instead.
Take special care with Erythromycin Tablets if you:
• are taking colchicine (used for treatment of gout and arthritis) whilst
taking erythromycin as this may cause serious side effects;
• have any liver problems or have been told that any drugs you are
taking can cause liver problems;
• have previously experienced diarrhoea following the use of antibiotics;
• are pregnant and have been told that you have a sexually transmitted
disease called syphilis. In this case erythromycin may not be effective
for preventing the transfer of this infection to your baby. Consult your
doctor before receiving erythromycin. Alternatively if you were treated





for early stages of syphilis during your pregnancy, and your child is
under 1 year and is prescribed erthyromycin, consult your doctor
before giving erythromycin to your child;
are treating a young child with antibiotics and they are irritable or
vomit when fed, you should contact your physician immediately;
suffer from a condition called myasthenia gravis, which causes
muscle weakness, consult your doctor before receiving erythromycin;
are taking erythromycin with ‘statins’ such as simvastatin or
lovastatin (used to lower cholesterol) as serious side effects can occur.

If any of these apply to you, or if you are not sure, tell your doctor.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including any medicines obtained without a prescription.
This is especially important if you are taking medicines from the following
families:
• astemizole, terfenadine or mizolastine (used to treat allergies such
as hayfever);
• pimozide (used to treat mental problems);
• ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (used to relieve migraine);
• cisapride (used to treat stomach disorders);
• statins (used to help lower cholesterol levels e.g. lovastatin and
simvastatin);
• protease inhibitors (used to treat viral infections e.g. saquinavir);
• oral contraceptives.
This is also important if you are taking medicines called:
• colchicine (used to treat gout and arthritis);
• cimetidine and omeprazole (used to treat acid reflux and other
related conditions);
• clarithromycin, rifabutin, or rifampicin (medicines used to treat
different types of bacterial infection);
• fluconazole, ketoconazole and itraconazole (medicines used to treat
fungal infections);
• digoxin, quinidine or disopyramide (used to treat heart problems);
• cilostazol (a medicine used to treat peripheral circulation problems);
• hexobarbitone, phenobarbital or midazolam (used as sedatives);
• warfarin and acenocoumarol (used to help thin the blood);
• valproate, carbamazepine or phenytoin (used to control epilepsy);
• theophylline (used to treat asthma and other breathing problems);
• ciclosporin or tacrolimus (used following organ transplants);
• bromocriptine (used to treat Parkinson’s disease);
• zopiclone or triazolam/alprazolam (used to help you sleep or relieve
states of anxiety);
• alfentanil (a medicine used to provide pain relief);
• methylprednisolone (used to help suppress the body’s immune
system – this is useful in treating a wide range of conditions);
• St John’s Wort (a herbal medicine used to treat depression);
• verapamil (used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain);
• vinblastine (used to treat certain types of cancer);
• sildenafil (used to treat erectile dysfunction).
If you or your child goes for any medical tests, tell your doctor that you
are taking Erythromycin Tablets, as this may interfere with some test
results.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or if you are
breast-feeding please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

3. HOW TO TAKE ERYTHROMYCIN TABLETS
Always take Erythromycin Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
The usual dose of Erythromycin for adults and children over 8 years is:
2 g daily (8 tablets) in divided doses.
If you have a bad infection you may be told to take up to 4 g (16 tablets)
daily.
Continue to take this medicine until the course is completed or until your
doctor tells you to stop; do not stop taking your medicine, even if you feel
better. If you stop the treatment too early your problem could come back.
If you take more Erythromycin Tablets than you should
If you accidentally take more medicine in one day than your doctor has told
you to, or if a child has taken some of the medicine by mistake, contact your
doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
An overdose of Erythromycin Tablets could cause temporary hearing loss,
nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you forget to take Erythromycin Tablets
If you forget to lake a dose of your medicine, take it as soon as you
remember. Do not take more medicine in one day than your doctor tells
you to.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Erythromycin Tablets can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following, contact your doctor immediately:
• difficulty breathing;
• fainting;
• swelling of the face, lips or throat;
• skin rashes;
• severe skin reactions including large fluid-filled blisters, sores and
ulcers;
• ulcers in the mouth and throat,
as these may be signs of an allergic reaction.










loss of appetite;
confusion;
fits (seizures);
vertigo (problems with balance that can result in feelings of
dizziness or sickness – particularly on standing);
hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there);
feeling generally unwell (malaise);
inflammation of the kidneys (a condition known as interstitial
nephritis);
low blood pressure.

If any of the side effects becomes severe, or if you notice any side effects
not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE ERYTHROMYCIN TABLETS
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Do not use these tablets after the expiry date shown on the blister/label.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Erythromycin Tablets contain
Each Erythromycin Tablet contains 250 mg of the active ingredient
erythromycin.
The other ingredients are: sodium carboxymethylcellulose,
microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, polacrilin potassium, talc,
magnesium stearate, hypromellose, hydroxypropylcellulose,
propylene glycol, sorbitan oleate, methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate
copolymer, titanium dioxide, triethyl citrate and antifoam emulsion.
What Erythromycin Tablets look like and the contents of
the pack
Erythromycin Tablets are white to off-white and are available in
containers of 50, 100, 500 or 1000 tablets or in blister packs of 28,
40 or 56 tablets.

If you notice any of the following, contact your doctor immediately:
• diarrhoea which may be severe or prolonged and may contain blood or
mucus;
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• serious skin rashes that may involve blistering and can cover large
areas of the torso, face and limbs (conditions known as Stevens Johnson Marketing Authorisation Holder:
syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and erythema multiforme).
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Other side effects of Erythromycin Tablets include:
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• feeling sick or being sick;
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• increase in a particular type of white blood cells (eosinophilia);
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• stomach pains; these may be a symptom of an inflamed pancreas
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(pancreatitis);
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• ringing in the ears (tinnitus);
• reversible loss of hearing (usually associated with high doses or in
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patients with kidney problems);
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• various liver or gall-bladder problems, which can cause yellowing of
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the skin and/or eyes (jaundice) or pale stools with dark urine;
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• chest pains;
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• abnormal heart rhythms (including palpitations);
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• fever;
This leaflet applies only to Erythromycin Tablets and was prepared in
July 1998. Revised in December 2011

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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