Generic Name(s): Erythromycin
Drug Class: Macrolide antibiotics
Treats: Bacterial infections
Ery-Tab is in the drug class macrolide antibiotic and can be used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. This medication might also be used to prevent bacterial infections. Ery-Tab is produced by a strain of Streptomyces erythrasma. This drug works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Ery-Tab, however, cannot be used to treat viral infections such as flu and the common cold since it only treats or prevents bacterial infections.
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Ery-Tab can be used to treat or prevent streptococcal pharyngitis and in the long-term prophylaxis of rheumatic fever. This medication is also used in a regimen for prophylaxis against bacterial endocarditis in patients hypersensitive to penicillin who have congenital heart disease. Ery-Tab can also be used to treat acute infections of the skin and soft tissue of mild to moderate severity. Resistant organisms may emerge during treatment. This drug also is used for treatment of the following infections caused by Chlamydia trachomatis: pneumonia of infancy and urogenital infections during pregnancy, conjunctivitis of the newborn.
- Bacterial Infections
Below you will find the basic dosage of Ery-Tab, but depending on the medical history and the patient's medical condition, a doctor may prescribe a different regimen. A patient should not stop taking their medication or change their dosage without a doctor's approval.
- Usual dose for an adult is 250 mg four times a day in equally spaced doses.
- The 333 mg tablet is recommended if dosage is desired every after every 8 hours.
- If the dosage is needed to be taken twice a day, the recommended dose is 500 mg every 12 hours.
- The dosage can be increased to 4 g per day according to the severity of the infection. It is not recommended, however, to give the dosage twice-a-day if the doses are larger than 1 g daily.
- There are factors that are considered when giving Ery-Tab dosage to children such as weight, age, and severity. The usual starting dosage is 30 to 50 mg per kg in a day, in equally divided doses. If the infections are severe, the dose may be doubled but should not exceed 4 g per day.
Ery-Tab Side Effects
Like any drug, Ery-Tab may cause side effects. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor. Doctors are in the best position to advice on whether a patient should continue with the drug or not. Note, not all side effects are listed below.
- Severe dizziness
- Pounding or fast heartbeat
- Hearing problems
- Diarrhea that is watery or bloody
- Loss of appetite
- Upper stomach pain
- Dark urine
- Fussiness after eating
Certain drugs, when used with Ery-Tab, might cause its effects to be altered, decreased, or increased. A patient is required to consult a doctor before combining Ery-Tab with these drugs. Some drugs that might interact with Ery-Tab are included in the list below. Other drugs that might interact with Ery-Tab include over-the-counter and prescription drugs, herbal products, and vitamins.
- Drugs to prevent or treat malaria
- Antiviral medicines such drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis
- Drugs to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension
- Antifungal medicine
- Cancer Medicine
- Drugs to lower triglycerides
- Any other antibiotic medicines
- Heart or blood pressure medication
- Medicine to treat mental illness or depression
- Medicine to prevent organ transplant rejection