A / T / S Side Effects
Generic Name: erythromycin topical
Note: This document contains side effect information about erythromycin topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name A / T / S.
For the Consumer
Applies to erythromycin topical: topical gel/jelly, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical pad, topical powder, topical solution, topical swab
Along with its needed effects, erythromycin topical (the active ingredient contained in A / T / S) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Some side effects of erythromycin topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
For erythromycin ointment
For erythromycin pledget (swab), topical gel, or topical liquid form
- Dry or scaly skin
- stinging or burning feeling
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to erythromycin topical: topical gel, topical ointment, topical solution, topical swab
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 side effects have included eye irritation.[Ref]
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
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.