ERYTHROPED A TABLETS
Active substance(s): ERYTHROMYCIN / ERYTHROMYCIN ETHYL SUCCINATE / ERYTHROMYCIN ETHYLSUCCINATE
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET ON
ERYTHROPED A TABLETS (Erythromycin)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
- Please keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
- 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
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
Erythroped A Tablets are used to prevent and treat infections
• 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
• 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
- 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
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking, or have recently taken
any other medicines, including any medicines obtained without a
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
• hexobarbitone or midazolam (used as sedatives)
• warfarin or acenocoumarol (used to thin the blood)
• valproate, carbamazepine or phenytoin (used to control
• theophylline (used to treat asthma and other breathing
• 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
breast-feeding please consult your doctor before taking this
3. HOW TO TAKE ERYTHROPED A TABLETS
Always take Erythroped A Tablets exactly as your doctor has told
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
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 your 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
• 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.
Contact a doctor immediately if you experience a serious skin
reaction: a red, scaly rash with bumps under the skin and blisters
(exanthematous pustulosis). The frequency of this side effect is
not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
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
• Abnormal heart rhythm
• Vomiting and irritability in young children between the age
of 1 month and 12 months
• Visual impairment/blurred vision (Mitochondrial optic
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
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 store above 25° C. Store in the original package.
Do not use these tablets after the expiry date shown on the
blister/label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT 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.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Erythroped A Tablets contain
Each Erythroped A tablet contains 500 mg of the active
The other ingredients are: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose,
calcium hydrogen phosphate, sodium starch glycollate, maize
starch, povidone, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, sorbic
acid, polyethylene glycol and quinoline yellow (El04).
What Erythroped A Tablets look like and the contents of
Erythroped A tablets are yellow and are available in bottles of
50, 100 or 500 tablets, or blister packs of 4 or 28 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Amdipharm UK Limited,
85 King William Street,
London EC4N 7BL,
Aesica Oueenborough Limited,
Kent MEl1 5EL,
This leaflet applies only to Erythroped A tablets and was
prepared in June 2000.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2017.
AMS Component No.:
500mg Tabs 28s
Core Spec Ref.:
Min. Font Size:
165 x 267 mm
267 x 165 Folded
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