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Were you looking for information on Erythromycin? Erithromycin is a common misspelling of erythromycin.
 
Erythromycin is a prescription antibiotic that comes in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, injections, and ointments, and is used to treat and sometimes prevent a variety of conditions, such as acute pelvic inflammatory disease, acne, chlamydia, and Legionnaire's disease. It works by interfering with a part of bacteria that helps it make protein. As a result, bacteria are unable to properly grow and multiply.
 
Some people have no problems with erythromycin, although digestive-related side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are fairly common. These side effects are so expected with the drug, in fact, that it is often used off-label to treat diabetic gastroparesis in the hope that such reactions will occur.
 
(Click Erythromycin to learn more about possible side effects seen with this drug, including potentially serious ones; what to tell your doctor before taking it; general dosing guidelines, and more. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
 
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