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Chemical Name: ERYTHROMYCIN (eh-rith-roe-MYE-sin)

Common uses
This medicine is an antibiotic used to treat acne.

Before using
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking astemizole or terfenadine. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions or allergies. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE, wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and pat dry. Cover the affected and surrounding area with a thin film of medicine. Allow the medicine to dry. Wash your hands after you finish using this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

ONCE YOU BEGIN USING THIS MEDICINE, it may take 3 to 8 weeks before you begin to see improvement. DO NOT GET THIS MEDICINE in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If you get this medicine in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water. DO NOT USE OTHER MEDICINES or cleansers on your skin unless directed otherwise your doctor. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include dryness, peeling, mild stinging or burning immediately after applying. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience itching, burning, tenderness, or redness of your skin or eye irritation. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Additional information
If your symptoms do not improve within 12 weeks or if they become worse, check with your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.