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ERYTHROMYCIN ETHYLSUCCINATE 500MG TABLETS

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Erythroped® A Tablets
Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate
500mg Tablets

0612
12.04.16[11]

(Erythromycin ethylsuccinate)
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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.
The name of your medicine is Erythroped A Tablets / Erythromycin
Ethylsuccinate 500mg Tablets but will be referred to as Erythroped A tablets
throughout this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What Erythroped A Tablets are and what they are used for.
2. Before you take Erythroped A Tablets.
3. How to take Erythroped A Tablets.
4. Possible side effects.
5. How to store Erythroped A Tablets.
6. Further information.
1. WHAT ERYTHROPED A TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED
FOR.
The name of your medicine is Erythroped A Tablets. Erythroped A Tablets
contain the active ingredient erythromycin ethylsuccinate, which belongs to
a group of medicines called macrolide antibiotics.
Erythroped A 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 ERYTHROPED A TABLETS
Do not take Erythroped A Tablets if you:
- have been told that you are allergic to erythromycin or any of the other
ingredients of Erythroped A Tablets
- are currently taking a medicine called
- terfenadine or astemizole or mizolastine (widely taken for hayfever and
allergies)
- pimozide or amisulpride(for psychiatric conditions)
- domperidone (for nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick)
- ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (used to relieve migraine)
- cisapride (used to treat acid reflux)
- simvastatin (used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in
the blood)
- tolterodine (used for treating overactive bladder with symptoms of
urinary frequency, urgency, and leakage).
Take special care with Erythroped A tablets if you:
- have any liver problems or are taking any medicines which can cause liver
problems
- suffer from a condition called myasthenia gravis which causes muscle
weakness.
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 called:
- astemizole, terfenadine or mizolastine (used to treat allergies such as hay
fever)
- domperidone (used to treat nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being
sick))
- pimozide (used to treat mental problems)
- clarithromycin (an antibiotic)
- cisapride (used to treat acid reflux)
- ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (used to relieve migraine)
- digoxin or disopyramide quinidine (used to treat heart problems)
- hexobarbitone or midazolam (used as sedatives)
- warfarin or acenocoumarol (used to 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)
alfentanil, zopiclone or triazolam (used to help you sleep),
rifabutin (used to treat tuberculosis (TB))
lovastatin (used to control cholesterol levels).

If you or your child goes for any medical tests, tell your doctor that you are
taking Erythroped A 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 breastfeeding please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE ERYTHROPED A TABLETS
Always take Erythroped A Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
The usual dose for adults and children over 8 years is:
2 g daily in divided doses i.e. two tablets twice a day, taken just before or
with meals or food.
If you have a bad infection you may be told to take up to 4 g (8 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 Erythroped A 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 you
doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
An overdose of Erythroped A Tablets could cause temporary hearing loss,
nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you forget to take Erythroped A Tablets
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, Erythroped A Tablets can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following, stop taking Erythroped A Tablets and
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.
If you develop severe or prolonged diarrhoea during or after taking
Erythroped A Tablets, tell your doctor immediately.
Other side effects of Erythroped A Tablets include:
- Feeling sick or being sick
- Stomach pains
- Reversible loss of hearing (usually with high doses)
- Damage to the blood, kidneys or nervous systems
- Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, which are signs of liver problems
including jaundice
- Chest pain
- Dizziness
- Abnormal heart rhythm.
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.
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 ERYTHROPED A TABLETS
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 SIGHT AND REACH 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.
If your tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION.
What Erythroped A Tablets contain
Erythroped A tablets contain 500 mg of the active ingredient erythromycin
(as erythromycin ethylsuccinate).
Other ingredients in the tablet include: hydroxypropylmethylcellulose,
calcium hydrogen phosphate, sodium starch glycollate, maize starch,
povidone, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, sorbic acid, polyethylene
glycol and quinoline yellow (E104).
What Erythroped A Tablets look like and the contents of the pack
Erythroped A tablets are yellow capsule shaped tablets marked with the
Abbott logo on one side and plain on the other side.
Erythroped A tablets are available in blister packs of 30 and 60 tablets.
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
This medicine is manufactured by Aesica Queenborough Limited.,
Queenborough, Kent. ME11 5EL and procured from within the EU by the
Product Licence holder P.I.E. Pharma Ltd, 207 Kenton Road, Harrow,
Middlesex HA3 0HD.
POM

PL 15361/0612

Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 12.04.16[11]
Erythroped® is a trademark of Abbot Laboratories Ltd.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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