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More information on erythromycinand when to use it

Erythromycin is an antibiotic medication which can be foundin various forms, and which can also be an ingredient of some other medication.There is a wide range of conditions that can be treated by erythromycin, but mostcommonly it is used in the treatment of bacterial infections, since it is veryeffective when their multiplication or growth have to be stopped or controlled.However, there are bacteria that do not react to this medication, as well asthose that, over time, have become resistant, and so they simply have to betreated with some other type of antibiotic. On the other side, infectionscaused by viruses cannot be treated with erythromycin either.

Possible side effectsand ways to prevent some of them

Generally, this medication is tolerated well, but just like almostevery other medication, this one also may provoke certain adverse reactions, andit is not always possible to predict when something like that will occur. Some ofthe side effects can be prevented, because it is well-known, especially among doctors,that it should not be prescribed to patients who have some kind of problemswith liver and kidneys, or those who suffer from arrhythmia and myasthenia gravis.Also, some people may be allergic to this medication, and this should be mentioned to the doctor in advance,because otherwise, very serious complications are possible, and even death.Also, in order to prevent possible interactions with some other medications, thedoctor has to make sure that the patient is not already taking some medicationsfrom the group of calcium channel blockers, carbamazepine, birth control pills, benzodiazepine or statins,for example, because these types of combinations may also lead to serious sideeffects.

As for the side effects, they depend on the form of the drugthat is being taken, because if taken orally or as injection, the possible sideeffects include nausea, vomiting, pain in the stomach, and diarrhea. If erythromycinis a part of some skin product that is intended for the treatment of acne, thenside effects that can be experienced are tenderness and dryness of the skin, aswell as itching and redness, or even peeling. However, these are all temporarysymptoms, and they usually do not need to be reported to the doctor, becausethey disappear very soon. The signs that should be reported right away are thesigns of jaundice, dark urine and pain in the upper abdomen, because theyindicate some problems with liver. Also, signs indicating myasthenia gravis,such as weakness of muscles and blurred vision, should also be reported, aswell as persistent vomiting or bloody diarrhea, and signs of allergic reaction.

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