Erythromycin Antibiotic Information
Several different bacterial infections can be treated with the antibiotic erythromycin, including whooping cough, various skin infections, syphilis, and diphtheria. The medicine works by inhibiting the part of bacteria that makes protein. As a result, the bacteria are unable to grow and multiply. It comes in several different forms; dosing depends on age, weight, and the condition being treated, among other things.
Erythromycin is not appropriate for everyone, and information on using it safely should be reviewed with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment. For example, it is important to take the medication exactly as your healthcare provider recommends and for the prescribed length of time. Stopping treatment too soon can lead to bacterial resistance. In addition, people with liver disease or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may need to take a different antibiotic.
(Click Erythromycin for an in-depth look at this antibiotic, with information on potential side effects, what to do in cases of overdose, general dosing guidelines, and more.)