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Erythromycin topical Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Erythromycin topical is also known as: A/T/S, Akne-Mycin, E-Solve 2, Emcin Clear, Emgel, Ery Pads, Ery-Sol, Erycette, Eryderm, Erygel, Erymax, Erythra-Derm, Romycin, Staticin, T-Stat, Theramycin, Theramycin Z

Medically reviewed on May 7, 2018

Erythromycin topical Pregnancy Warnings

Erythromycin topical gel, 1.5% solution, and swabs (i.e., pledgets, pads) have been assigned to pregnancy category B by the FDA. Erythromycin 2% topical solution has been assigned to pregnancy category C or B by the FDA; for example, Erythra-Derm(TM) has been assigned to pregnancy category C and Fougera(R) Erythromycin Topical Solution USP 2% has been assigned to pregnancy category B. Erythromycin topical ointment has not been formally assigned to a pregnancy category by the FDA. Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of teratogenicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy, and there have been no reports of adverse fetal effects in humans. Erythromycin topical is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

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Erythromycin topical Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of erythromycin topical into human milk. Systemically administered erythromycin is excreted into milk in small amounts. Erythromycin is considered compatible with breast-feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. A/T/S 2% Topical Gel (erythromycin topical)" Hoechst Marion-Roussel Inc, Kansas City, MO.
  2. Kiefer L, Rubin A, McCoy JB, Foltz EL "The placental transfer of erythromycin." Am J Obstet Gynecol 69 (1955): 174-7
  3. "Product Information. Akne-Mycin (erythromycin topical)" Healthpoint, Fort Worth, TX.
  4. Philipson A, Sabath LD, Charles D "Transplacental passage of erythromycin and clindamycin." N Engl J Med 288 (1973): 1219-21

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Akne-Mycin (erythromycin topical)" Healthpoint, Fort Worth, TX.
  2. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ.. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 5th ed." Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins (1998):
  3. Committee on Drugs, 1992 to 1993 "The transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk." Pediatrics 93 (1994): 137-50
  4. "Product Information. A/T/S 2% Topical Gel (erythromycin topical)" Hoechst Marion-Roussel Inc, Kansas City, MO.

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