What is Abboticin ® (erythromycin) used for?
Abboticin ® is commonly used for treating infections caused by certain bacteria. It is also used to prevent attacks of rheumatic fever.
It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How should I take Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Use Abboticin ® as directed by your doctor.
Take Abboticin ® by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
Swallow Abboticin ® whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you use Abboticin®.
Abboticin ® works best if taken at the same time each day.
To clear up your infection completely, take Abboticin ® for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Abboticin®.
How do I store Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Abboticin ® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Abboticin ® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Abboticin ® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Abboticin ® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Before using Abboticin ®, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Abboticin ®or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
Abboticin ® only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold).
Be sure to use Abboticin ® for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
Long-term or repeated use of Abboticin ® may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Abboticin ® before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
Rarely, patients taking Abboticin ® have developed reversible hearing loss. The risk is greater if you have kidney problems or you take high doses of Abboticin®. Contact your doctor if you develop decreased hearing or hearing loss.
Abboticin ® may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Abboticin.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.
What side effects can occur from Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
- Bloody stools
- Decreased hearing or hearing loss
- Irregular heartbeat
- Muscle weakness
- Red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin
- Severe diarrhea
- Severe stomach pain or cramps
- Symptoms of liver problems (e.g., yellowing of the skin or eyes, pale stools, severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or dark urine)
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Abboticin ® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Especially if you are taking any other medicines:
- An HIV protease inhibitor (e.g., ritonavir)
- Imidazoles (eg, ketoconazole)
- Nilotinib, pimozide
- A QT-prolonging agent (e.g., quinidine, sotalol)
- A quinolone (e.g., ciprofloxacin)
- A streptogramin (e.g., quinupristin/dalfopristin)
- Ergot alkaloids (e.g., dihydroergotamine, ergotamine)
Does food or alcohol interact with Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Abboticin ® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Abboticin ® (erythromycin)?
Abboticin ® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
These health conditions include:
- A stomach or intestinal infection
- A history of kidney or liver disease
- Heart problems
- A fast or irregular heartbeat
- Myasthenia gravis
- The blood disease porphyria
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Abboticin ® (erythromycin).
What is the dose of Abboticin ® (erythromycin) for an adult?
General dosing recommendation is 400 mg PO q6hr. May increase up to 4 g/day depending on infection severity.
The recommended dose is 400 mg PO q6hr for 10-14 days.
The recommended dose is 400-1000 mg PO q6hr for 21 days.
The recommended dose is 40-50 mg/kg/day PO in divided doses for 5 to 14 days.
The recommended dose is 400 mg PO divided q12hr for 10 days.
The recommended dose is 48-64 g PO individed doses for 10-15 days.
Urethritis – Urethritis caused by C trachomatis or U urealyticum
The recommended dose is 800 mg PO q8hr for 7 days.
What is the dose of Abboticin ® (erythromycin) for a child?
General Dosing Recommendations
- <1.2 kg: The recommended dose is 20 mg/kg/day PO divided q12hr.
- 2 kg or more, 0-7 days old: The recommended dose is 20 mg/kg/day PO divided q12hr.
- ≥1.2 kg or more, 7 days or older: The recommended dose is 30 mg/kg/day PO divided q8hr.
- Chlamydial conjunctivitis and pneumonia: The recommended dose is 50 mg/kg/day PO divided q6hr for 14days.
- Mild-to-moderate infections: The recommended dose is 30-50 mg/kg/day PO divided q6-12hr.
- Severe infection: The recommended dose is 60-100 mg/kg/day PO divided q6-12hr.
How is Abboticin ® (erythromycin) available?
Abboticin ® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet 500mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Abboticin®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: April 22, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019