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ERYTHROCIN 250MG TABLETS

Active substance(s): ERYTHROMYCIN / ERYTHROMYCIN STEARATE

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(leaflet continued)
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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:
x astemizole, terfenadine or mizolastine
(used to treat allergies such as hayfever);
x pimozide (used to treat mental problems);
x ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (used to
relieve migraine);
x cisapride (used to treat stomach disorders);
x statins (used to help lower cholesterol
levels e.g. lovastatin and simvastatin);
x protease inhibitors (used to treat viral
infections e.g. saquinavir);
oral contraceptives.
x

x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x

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 Erythrocin,
as this may interfere with some test results.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Erythromycin should be used by women during
pregnancy only if clearly needed.
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 Erythrocin Tablets
Always take Erythrocin Tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor if you are not sure.
The usual dose of Erythrocin Tablets for adults
and children over 8 years is:
1-2 g daily in divided doses i.e. four to eight
250 mg tablets daily or two to four 500 mg
tablets daily, taken just before or with meals or
food. If you have a bad infection you may be
told to take up to 4 g 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 Erythrocin 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 Erythrocin could
cause temporary hearing loss, nausea,
vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you forget to take Erythrocin
If you forget to take 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, Erythrocin can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following, contact your
doctor immediately:
x difficulty breathing;
x fainting;
x swelling of the face, lips or throat;
x skin rashes;
x severe skin reactions including large fluidfilled blisters, sores and ulcers;
x ulcers in the mouth and throat,
as these may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Other side effects of Erythrocin include:
x diarrhoea which may be severe or
prolonged and may contain blood or
mucus;
x feeling sick or being sick;
x increase in a particular type of white blood
cells (eosinophilia);
x stomach pains; these may be a symptom of
an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis);
x ringing in the ears (tinnitus);
x reversible loss of hearing (usually
associated with high doses or in patients
with kidney problems);
x various liver or gall-bladder problems,
which can cause yellowing of the skin
and/or eyes (jaundice) or pale stools with
dark urine;
x chest pains;
x abnormal heart rhythms (including
palpitations);
fever;
anorexia;

x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x

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;
serious skin rashes that may involve
blistering and can cover large areas of the
torso, face and limbs (conditions known as
Stevens Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis and erythema
multiforme).

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting
side effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Erythrocin Tablets
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original container.
Keep the container tightly closed.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use the tablets after the expiry date
shown on the container/outer carton. The
expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
If the tablets show any signs of discolouration
or deterioration consult your pharmacist for
advice.
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 Erythrocin Tablets contain
Each film-coated tablet contains: 250 mg
erythromycin as erythromycin stearate.
Also contains: hypromellose, maize starch,
povidone, magnesium hydroxide, sorbic acid,
macrogol 400, macrogol 8000 and polacrilin
potassium.

x
x

(leaflet continued overleaf)

PP2/1339/V1
Leaflet revision date: 23rd March 2015
PL 20774/1339 - Erythrocin 250mg Tablets
Manufactured by: Aesica Queenborough
Limited, Queenborough, Kent, ME11 5EL, UK.
Procured from within the EU. Product Licence
holder: Quadrant Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Lynstock House, Lynstock Way, Lostock,
Bolton BL6 4SA. Repackaged by Maxearn
Ltd. Bolton BL6 4SA.
Erythrocin Tablets are available in containers
of 100 tablets.

This is also important if you are taking
medicines called:
x colchicine (used to treat gout and arthritis);
x cimetidine and omeprazole (used to treat
acid reflux and other related conditions);
x clarithromycin, rifabutin, or rifampicin
(medicines used to treat different types of
bacterial infection);
x fluconazole, ketoconazole and itraconazole
(medicines used to treat fungal infections);
x digoxin, quinidine or disopyramide (used to
treat heart problems);
x cilostazol (a medicine used to treat
peripheral circulation problems);
x hexobarbitone, phenobarbital or midazolam
(used as sedatives);
x warfarin and acenocoumarol (used to help
thin the blood);
x valproate, carbamazepine or phenytoin
(used to control epilepsy);

Erythrocin Tablets are used to prevent and
treat infections such as:
x Throat and sinus infections.
x Chest infections, such as bronchitis and
pneumonia.
x Ear infections.
x Mouth and dental infections.
x Eye infections.
x Skin and tissue infections, such as acne.
x Stomach and intestinal infections.
x Prevention of infection following burns,
operations or dental procedures.

(leaflet continued overleaf)

1. What Erythrocin Tablets are and what
they are used for
The name of your medicine is Erythrocin
Tablets. Erythrocin contains the active
ingredient erythromycin which belongs to a
group of medicines called macrolide
antibiotics.
In this leaflet:
1. What Erythrocin Tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take Erythrocin Tablets
3. How to take Erythrocin Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Erythrocin Tablets
6. Further information.

Erythrocin is a registered trademark of
Amdipharm International Limited.

The name of your medicine is Erythrocin
250mg Tablets but will be referred to as
Erythrocin Tablets or Erythrocin throughout the
remainder of the leaflet.
Erythrocin Tablets are also available in another
strength (500mg).

POM

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine.
x Please keep this leaflet. You may need to
read it again.
x If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
x 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.
x 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.

What Erythrocin Tablets look like and the
contents of the pack
Erythrocin Tablets are white, oval-shaped film
coated tablets embossed with a logo on one
side and plain on the other.

2. Before you take Erythrocin Tablets
You should not receive Erythrocin Tablets if
you:
x have been told that you are allergic to
erythromycin or other macrolide antibiotics
such as clarithromycin or azithromycin or
any of the other ingredients in these tablets.
x are taking ergotamine or dihydroergotamine
(used to treat migraines) while taking
erythromycin as this may cause serious
side effects.
x are taking 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.
x are taking colchicine (used for treatment of
gout and arthritis) whilst taking
erythromycin as this may cause serious
side effects.
x have any liver problems or have been told
that any drugs you are taking can cause
liver problems
x have previously experienced diarrhoea
following the use of antibiotics;
x 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.
x are treating a young child with antibiotics
and they are irritable or vomit when fed,
you should contact your physician
immediately.
x

Other infections, such as sexually
transmitted diseases, bone infections or
scarlet fever.

Erythrocin 250mg Tablets
(erythromycin stearate)
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

PP2/1339/V1

(leaflet continued)

x

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 take more Erythrocin 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 Erythrocin could
cause temporary hearing loss, nausea,
vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you or your child goes for any medical tests,
tell your doctor that you are taking Erythrocin,
as this may interfere with some test results.

If you notice any of the following, contact your
doctor immediately:
x difficulty breathing;
x fainting;
x swelling of the face, lips or throat;
x skin rashes;
x severe skin reactions including large fluidfilled blisters, sores and ulcers;
x ulcers in the mouth and throat,
as these may be signs of an allergic reaction.

(leaflet continued)
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x

3. How to take Erythrocin Tablets
Always take Erythrocin Tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor if you are not sure.
The usual dose of Erythrocin Tablets for adults
and children over 8 years is:
1-2 g daily in divided doses i.e. four to eight
250 mg tablets daily or two to four 500 mg
tablets daily, taken just before or with meals or
food. If you have a bad infection you may be
told to take up to 4 g 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.

Other side effects of Erythrocin include:
x diarrhoea which may be severe or
prolonged and may contain blood or
mucus;
x feeling sick or being sick;
x increase in a particular type of white blood
cells (eosinophilia);
x stomach pains; these may be a symptom of
an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis);
x ringing in the ears (tinnitus);
x reversible loss of hearing (usually
associated with high doses or in patients
with kidney problems);
x various liver or gall-bladder problems,
which can cause yellowing of the skin
and/or eyes (jaundice) or pale stools with
dark urine;
x chest pains;
x abnormal heart rhythms (including
palpitations);
x fever;
x anorexia;

5. How to store Erythrocin Tablets
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original container.
Keep the container tightly closed.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use the tablets after the expiry date
shown on the container/outer carton. The
expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
If the tablets show any signs of discolouration
or deterioration consult your pharmacist for
advice.
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 Erythrocin Tablets contain
Each film-coated tablet contains: 250 mg
erythromycin as erythromycin stearate.
Also contains: hypromellose, maize starch,
povidone, magnesium hydroxide, sorbic acid,
macrogol 400, macrogol 8000 and polacrilin
potassium.

(leaflet continued overleaf)

Leaflet revision date: 23rd March 2015
POM
PL 20774/1339 - Erythrocin 250mg Tablets
Manufactured by: Aesica Queenborough
Limited, Queenborough, Kent, ME11 5EL, UK.
Procured from within the EU. Product Licence
holder: Quadrant Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Lynstock House, Lynstock Way, Lostock,
Bolton BL6 4SA. Repackaged by Maxearn
Ltd. Bolton BL6 4SA.
Erythrocin Tablets are available in containers
of 100 tablets.
What Erythrocin Tablets look like and the
contents of the pack
Erythrocin Tablets are white, oval-shaped film
coated tablets embossed with a logo on one
side and plain on the other.

In this leaflet:
1. What Erythrocin Tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take Erythrocin Tablets
3. How to take Erythrocin Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Erythrocin Tablets
6. Further information.
The name of your medicine is Erythrocin
250mg Tablets but will be referred to as
Erythrocin Tablets or Erythrocin throughout the
remainder of the leaflet.
Erythrocin Tablets are also available in another
strength (500mg).
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine.
x Please keep this leaflet. You may need to
read it again.
x If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
x 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.
x 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.

This is also important if you are taking
medicines called:
x colchicine (used to treat gout and arthritis);
x cimetidine and omeprazole (used to treat
acid reflux and other related conditions);
x clarithromycin, rifabutin, or rifampicin
(medicines used to treat different types of
bacterial infection);
x fluconazole, ketoconazole and itraconazole
(medicines used to treat fungal infections);
x digoxin, quinidine or disopyramide (used to
treat heart problems);
x cilostazol (a medicine used to treat
peripheral circulation problems);
x hexobarbitone, phenobarbital or midazolam
(used as sedatives);
x warfarin and acenocoumarol (used to help
thin the blood);
x valproate, carbamazepine or phenytoin
(used to control epilepsy);

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Erythromycin should be used by women during
pregnancy only if clearly needed.
If you are pregnant or think you may be
pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding, please
consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting
side effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

1. What Erythrocin Tablets are and what
they are used for
The name of your medicine is Erythrocin
Tablets. Erythrocin contains the active
ingredient erythromycin which belongs to a
group of medicines called macrolide
antibiotics.

This is especially important if you are taking
medicines from the following families:
x astemizole, terfenadine or mizolastine
(used to treat allergies such as hayfever);
x pimozide (used to treat mental problems);
x ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (used to
relieve migraine);
x cisapride (used to treat stomach disorders);
x statins (used to help lower cholesterol
levels e.g. lovastatin and simvastatin);
x protease inhibitors (used to treat viral
infections e.g. saquinavir);
x oral contraceptives.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Erythrocin can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.

x
x

PP2/1339/V1

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.

x
x

Erythrocin is a registered trademark of
Amdipharm International Limited.

If any of these apply to you, or if you are not
sure, tell your doctor.

If you forget to take Erythrocin
If you forget to take 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.

x

Erythrocin Tablets are used to prevent and
treat infections such as:
x Throat and sinus infections.
x 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.

(leaflet continued overleaf)
2. Before you take Erythrocin Tablets
You should not receive Erythrocin Tablets if
you:
x have been told that you are allergic to
erythromycin or other macrolide antibiotics
such as clarithromycin or azithromycin or
any of the other ingredients in these tablets.
x are taking ergotamine or dihydroergotamine
(used to treat migraines) while taking
erythromycin as this may cause serious
side effects.
x are taking 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.
x are taking colchicine (used for treatment of
gout and arthritis) whilst taking
erythromycin as this may cause serious
side effects.
x have any liver problems or have been told
that any drugs you are taking can cause
liver problems
x have previously experienced diarrhoea
following the use of antibiotics;
x 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.
x are treating a young child with antibiotics
and they are irritable or vomit when fed,
you should contact your physician
immediately.
x

Other infections, such as sexually
transmitted diseases, bone infections or
scarlet fever.

Erythrocin 250mg Tablets
(erythromycin stearate)
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

(leaflet continued)

x

x
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.

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;
serious skin rashes that may involve
blistering and can cover large areas of the
torso, face and limbs (conditions known as
Stevens Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis and erythema
multiforme).

x
x
x
x
x
x

x

x
x
x

PP2/1339/V1

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