What is Erythromycin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Ery-Tab Erythrocin Zineryt

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See also: Erythromycin-sulfisoxazole

Erythromycin is an antibiotic which has an antimicrobial spectrum similar to or slightly wider than that of penicillin, and is often used for people who have an allergy to penicillin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Sinus infection (sinusitis) 12 6
Gastroparesis 8 5
Acne 7 4
Rosacea 2 0
Acne breakout 1 3

Show all 18 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 8
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Erythromycin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 1
Flatulence 1
Gastritis 1
Nausea 1
Stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach 1
Stomach pain 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Erythromycin

Dosage Patients
250 mg three times daily 3
250 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1
250 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Erythromycin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 15
Did not seem to work 7
Doctor's advice 6
Side effects too severe 5
Other 3
See all 29 patients who've stopped taking Erythromycin

Duration

Currently taking Erythromycin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Erythromycin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 16
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 10
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Erythromycin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) 1
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 1
Metoclopramide (Reglan) 1

Patients stopped taking Erythromycin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cephalexin (Keflex) 1
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (CyEstra-35) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Erythromycin

Feb 28, 2012 (Started Feb 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pustules)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: take a powerful probiotic when prescribed an antibiotic to replace lost healthy flora

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Sep 17, 2010 (Started Jan 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 999 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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