Generic Name: erythromycin (eh-RITH-roe-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Eryderm
Eryderm solution is used for:
Treating severe acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Eryderm solution is a topical macrolide antibiotic that is thought to improve acne by slowing the growth of bacteria on the skin, which causes acne.
Do NOT use Eryderm solution if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Eryderm solution
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Eryderm solution:
Some medical conditions may interact with Eryderm solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have liver disease or you have a blood disorder called porphyria
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Eryderm solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Arsenic, cisapride, diltiazem, disopyramide, dofetilide, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), imidazoles (eg, ketoconazole), pimozide, QT-prolonging agents (eg, quinidine, sotalol), quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), streptogramins (eg, quinupristin/dalfopristin), or verapamil because side effects, such as heart toxicity or irregular heartbeat, may occur
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), aldosterone blockers (eg, spironolactone), benzodiazepines (eg, alprazolam), buspirone, carbamazepine, cilostazol, corticosteroids (eg, hydrocortisone), cyclosporine, digoxin, ergot alkaloids (eg, ergotamine), felodipine, H1 antagonists (eg, astemizole, terfenadine), HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (eg, simvastatin), imatinib, macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), midazolam, phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (eg, sildenafil), rifampin, sumatriptan, theophyllines, or vinca alkaloids (eg, vincristine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Eryderm solution
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Eryderm solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Eryderm solution:
Use Eryderm solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash affected areas with soap and warm water. Rinse well and pat dry before applying the medicine.
- To use the applicator, hold the bottle upside down and moisten applicator by pressing once on the applicator surface with a clean fingertip. Then apply Eryderm solution to the affected area using a dabbing motion. Use enough medicine to cover the entire affected area.
- Wash your hands immediately after applying Eryderm solution.
- Eryderm solution works best if it is used at the same time each day.
- To clear up your infection completely, take Eryderm solution for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of Eryderm solution, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Eryderm solution.
Important safety information:
- Eryderm solution is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes. If you get Eryderm solution in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Once you begin using Eryderm solution, it may take 3 to 8 weeks before you begin to see improvement.
- If severe diarrhea or stomach pain or cramping develops during treatment or within several months after treatment with Eryderm solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist right away. Do not treat it without first checking with your doctor.
- Be sure to use Eryderm solution for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Eryderm solution may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Eryderm solution is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
- Eryderm solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Eryderm solution while you are pregnant. Eryderm solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Eryderm solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Eryderm solution:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burning; dryness; mild stinging; peeling.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; itching, burning, tenderness, or redness of skin; severe diarrhea; stomach cramps/pain.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Eryderm solution may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Eryderm solution:
Store Eryderm solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly-closed container. Store away from heat and light. Keep Eryderm solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Eryderm solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Eryderm solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Eryderm solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Eryderm solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Eryderm solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Eryderm solution.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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