When to Avoid Erythromycin

Who Should Not Take Erythromycin?

You should avoid erythromycin if you:
  • Are allergic to it or to any of the inactive components used to make the medicine. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Take any of the following medications:
    • Astemizole (Hismanal®, no longer available in the United States)
    • Cisapride (Propulsid®, no longer available in the United States except in special circumstances)
    • Pimozide (Orap®)
    • Terfenadine (Seldane®, no longer available in the United States).

Erythromycin Warnings and Precautions: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which erythromycin should not be taken, as well as several safety concerns people should be aware of before beginning treatment. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, talk with your healthcare provider about the specific warnings and precautions with erythromycin that may apply to you.
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