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STIEMYCIN 2.0% W/V

Active substance(s): ERYTHROMYCIN

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Pharma Code Ref: 702

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Stiemycin®

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any of the side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Stiemycin is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Stiemycin
3. How to use Stiemycin
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Stiemycin
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Stiemycin is and what it is used for
Stiemycin contains a medicine called erythromycin. This
is an antibiotic.
Stiemycin is used to treat acne (spots). It works by
fighting the bacteria that can cause the acne spots.
Stiemycin is for use by adults and adolescents with acne.
It is not for use by children.

• Stiemycin can affect how other medicines work. Take
care not to use Stiemcyin at the same time as
clindamycin-containing acne medicines that are used
on the skin.
• Tell your doctor if you are taking any other antibiotic
medicine.
• Take care not to apply Stiemycin at the same time as
other acne products that are used on the skin, unless
your doctor or pharmacist has told you that you can.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
• If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may
be pregnant or planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
• If you do become pregnant during treatment with
Stiemycin tell your doctor.
• Don’t use Stiemycin on your breast if you are
breast-feeding.
Stiemycin contains propylene glycol
Stiemycin contains propylene glycol, which may cause
skin irritation.

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3. How to use Stiemycin
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.
What you need to know before using Stiemycin
• Stiemycin should be applied only to your skin.
2. What you need to know before you use
• Do not drink the solution.
Stiemycin
• This product is flammable. Keep the product away from
open fire and flames and all sources of ignition including
Do not use Stiemycin if:
smoking during and immediately after you’ve used it.
• you are allergic to erythromycin or any of the other
• When you use the bottle for the first time you will
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
need to break the seal. To do this, remove the cap
Do not use Stiemycin if the above applies to you. If you
from the bottle and holding the bottle upright, press
are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you
gently on the seal with a finger until you hear a ‘pop’.
start using Stiemycin.
The medicine is now ready to use.
Warnings and precautions
How much to use
Talk to your doctor before using Stiemycin if:
• Apply Stiemycin twice a day, in the morning and the
• you cannot tolerate or have previously had a skin
evening.
reaction or allergy to erythromycin or any of the other
• Using the product more frequently does not give
ingredients of Stiemycin (listed in section 6)
better results.
• you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease or
• It can take at least six to eight weeks before you see
antibiotic-associated colitis (severe, prolonged or
the full benefit of Stiemycin.
bloody diarrhoea following antibiotic use).
• You should keep using the medicine according to your
Only use Stiemycin on your skin. Take care not to get
doctor’s instructions up to a maximum of 6 months.
Stiemycin in your eyes, nostrils, mouth or on your lips. If
you do, rinse well with water. Take care not to get
How to apply Stiemycin
Stiemycin on any irritated areas of skin, such as cuts,
• Completely remove any make-up.
grazes, sunburn, or broken skin.
• Wash the affected area with mild soap and warm
water and gently dry.
Other medicines and Stiemycin
• Remove the cap.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
• Turn the bottle upside down and dab the pad onto
recently taken, or might take any other medicine. This
the affected area.
includes medicines bought without a prescription.

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2% w/v cutaneous solution
Erythromycin

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• Use the pad to spread the solution gently over the
whole area and not just to each individual spot.
After using Stiemycin
• Always replace the cap securely after use to stop the
medicine from leaking or evaporating.
• Stiemycin contains ingredients to help the antibiotic
reach the bottom of your hair follicles where the acne
starts. These ingredients keep the skin wet for a few
minutes after applying it.
• Allow your face to dry completely before using any
make-up.
• You may notice a slight smell while it dries, this is
normal.
• Wash your hands after use.
If you forget to use Stiemycin
• Don’t apply a double dose to make up for forgotten
doses.
• Apply the next dose at the usual time.
If you accidently swallow Stiemycin:
The ingredients of Stiemycin are not expected to be
harmful if swallowed in the small amounts normally
applied to the face. If you do accidentally get Stiemycin
in your mouth, rinse at once with plenty of water. Seek
medical advice if you swallow more than a small amount.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor.

5. How to store Stiemycin
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not store above 25°C. Keep the container tightly
closed when not in use.
• Contents are flammable. Keep away from all sources
of fire, flame and heat.
• Do not leave in direct sunlight.
• Do not use medicine after the expiry date which is
stated on the bottle and the carton after ‘Exp’. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures will
help protect the environment.

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6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Stiemycin contains
• The active substance is erythromycin 2% w/v.
• The other ingredients are propylene glycol, ethanol
absolute and polyoxyethylene-4-lauryl ether.
What Stiemycin looks like and contents of the pack
• The solution is supplied in an amber glass screw
capped bottle.
• The bottle contains 50 ml of a clear, colourless liquid
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, Stockley Park West,
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Manufacturer:
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• you notice an allergic reaction (such as swelling of
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• skin burning sensation
Please be ready to give the following information:
• skin irritation
Product name
Stiemycin
• dry skin, especially at the start of treatment
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• application site stinging
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• redness of your skin, especially at the start of
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treatment.
Other side effects with frequencies that cannot be
This leaflet was last revised in June 2014
estimated from the available data include:
Stiemycin is a registered trademark of Stiefel
• allergic reaction
Laboratories, Inc.
• diarrhoea, stomach pain, stomach discomfort
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• itching, rash
• swelling on the face
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.

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