Erythromycin is an antibiotic treatment, indicated for syphilis infections. It can be taken as a standard tablet or an oral suspension solution.
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One 250mg tablet, taken four to six times per day for a specified period
Erythromycin Oral Suspension is available as a 100ml bottle, containing 125mg per 5ml. A standard adult dose may be 4 teaspoonfuls taken four times per day.
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Erythromycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which is adept at tackling a number of bacterial infections, including syphilis. It was originally marketed as Ilosone by Lilly in the 1950s, and is available today as a generic tablet, and as an oral suspension solution known as Erythroped (supplied by Amdipharm).
- Widely-used antibiotic
- Effective treatment for syphilis
- Available as an oral suspension
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection, which can be communicated from one person to another through vaginal, oral or anal intercourse. In the UK, around 2,500 people a year seek treatment for the condition. Syphilis is nowhere near as common as other STIs, such as chlamydia; nonetheless, it can develop into an aggressive illness when left untreated, making diagnosis and medication very important for the health of the person carrying it. It is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum, and is characterised by three stages of symptoms. These are referred to as primary, secondary and tertiary stages.
The primary stage generally occurs between one week and three months from initial infection. This manifests in the form of a lump, also known as a chancre, on the genitals, but may appear near the mouth too. The chancre, which is a contagious channel for the disease when touched, tends to settle down within a few weeks. Secondary symptoms may not develop until a few months later. These typically involve a rash on the skin, and a sore throat; and will also disappear within a couple of weeks. A period of latency follows, before the tertiary phase commences. This third stage of syphilis is the most dangerous, as during this, the disease begins to affect the body’s vital organs, and may cause serious long-lasting harm.
The infection can be treated fairly easily during its early stages, with antibiotic medicine such as Erythromycin. But after syphilis has advanced to its tertiary stage, more intensive medical assistance may be required. Therefore, it is imperative to identify and tackle the condition as early as possible.
Erythromycin and Erythroped AMDIPHARM work by attacking the bacteria responsible for the infection. To sustain itself and grow, this bacteria needs to produce an essential protein. This enzyme allows the bacteria to multiply and increase its presence in the body. Erythromycin inhibits the development of this enzyme, thereby stifling the spread of the infection. Once it has been brought to a halt, the illness is then dealt with by the body’s natural defences.
The integral agent in the standard tablet and in Erythroped Oral Suspension is erythromycin. This is a macrolide antibiotic which has been available under various names since the 1950s, when it was developed and first patented. It is applied to the treatment of numerous types of bacterial infection, including STIs such as syphilis.
In treating syphilis, the ingredient works by neutralising the bacteria’s capacity for growth. It does this by preventing the release of an enzyme, which the bacteria itself generates and feeds on to increase in number. After medicine has rendered the bacteria unable to produce this enzyme, the immune system isolates the remaining cells and destroys the infection.
Erythromycin tablets are a generic version of the medicine, whereas Erythroped is a branded oral suspension medicine made by Amdipharm.Buy now
How to use Erythromycin
When you use any medicine, you should always follow the directions your doctor provides, and ensure you adhere to the guidelines set out in the patient information leaflet. This will help you to lower the risk of side effects, and maximise the efficiency of the medication.
Apply as directed by your prescriber.
- For syphilis, this might be as follows:
One 250mg tablet, taken four to six times per day for a specified period.
Swallow tablets whole with water.
Erythromycin Oral Suspension
- One 500mg dose (between one and four teaspoonfuls, depending on the concentration you have) of oral suspension solution, taken four times per day, for a specified number of days.
For both items, you should:
- Never exceed the dose prescribed for you by our doctor.
- Never compensate for a missed dose by increasing your following dose. If you forget a dose, simply carry on taking the medicine as normal.
These directions are only intended as a guide. Always follow the instructions provided by your prescriber.
Erythromycin side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when using this product. Despite this, it remains important to be aware of the adverse effects the medicine may cause, so that you can act accordingly in the event that they occur.
Frequency not known:
Nausea; vomiting; diarrhoea; loss of hearing; liver problems; hypersensitivity; Stevens-Johnson syndrome; kidney problems; abdominal discomfort; allergic reaction; cardiac arrhythmia; toxic epidermal necrolysis; chest pain; dizziness; or palpitations.
Erythroped AMDIPHARM Oral Suspension
Frequency not known:
Diarrhoea; feeling or being sick; stomach pains; tinnitus; fever; loss of appetite; allergic reaction; palpitations; liver of kidney problems; hallucinations; confusion; or decreased blood pressure.
This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with these medicines. For a more detailed account, consult the leaflet provided or ask your doctor. If you experience any side effects or anything at all unusual while taking the medicine, seek immediate medical attention.
Taking it with other medicines
It is crucial to let your doctor know if you are using any other medications, whether they are prescription, non-prescription or remedial, when undergoing consultation for this product. Your prescriber may choose not to issue the medicine or only do so with special care in these cases.
Erythromycin and Erythroped may interact with or affect the following treatments: dronedarone; amisulpride; astemizole, eletriptan; ergotamine; cisapride; dihydroergotamine; ivabradine; lercanidipine; terfenadine; mizolastine; moxifloxacin; pimozide; saquinavir; sertindole; simvastatin; tolterodine; vinblastine; alfentanil; alprazolam; bromocriptine; buspirone; cabergoline; carbamazepine; ciclosporin; cilostazol; clozapine; colchicine; darifenacin; digoxin; disopyramide; eplerenone; everolimus; felodipine; galantamine; corticosteroids; midazolam; phenytoin; pravastatin; quetiapine; reboxetine; rifabutin; rupatadine; sildenafil; sirolimus; tacrolimus; tadalafil; theophylline; triazolam; valproate; vardenafil; verapamil; zopiclone; atorvastatin; lovastatin; simvastatin; cimetidine; HIV treatments such as ritonavir lopinavir, saquinavir and amprenavir; amiodarone; antimalarials; antipsychotics; disopyramide; quinidine; nicoumalone; and warfarin.
Conditions to look out for
Ensure your prescriber is aware of your medical history prior to the purchase and use of this product. They may choose not to issue this treatment to persons with a history of: liver or kidney problems; irregular heartbeat; antibiotic-induced diarrhoea; myasthenia gravis; or porphyria.
Q&A: our Erythromycin discussion forum
Can I still drink alcohol?
Alcohol can influence the efficacy of certain antibiotics, therefore we would not recommend drinking alcohol when using either of these products.
Will I still be able to drive?
If you experience no significant side effects you should still be able to drive. However, the presence of any side effects which might hinder your judgment or reaction times may make driving dangerous, and in these cases, you should avoid driving and contact your nearest healthcare professional.
Can I take this medicine while pregnant?
You should only use certain medicines during pregnancy if your doctor thinks they are necessary. Let your prescriber know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding during consultation.
How do I store it?
Below 25 degrees, and in a safe, secure environment, out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Erythromycin tablets are made up of the following ingredients: erythromycin, maize starch, croscarmellose sodium type A, povidone, talc, magnesium stearate (E572), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, erythrosine (E127), methacrylic acid ethylacrylate copolymer (1:1) and polysorbate 80 (E433).
Erythroped Oral Suspension contains: erythromycin ethylsuccinate, sodium citrate, saccharin sodium, poloxamer, xanthan gum, sodium methylhydroxybenzoate, collodial silica, imitation banana no. 2 flavour, imitation cream flavour, purified water, sorbitol and acesulfame.
Do not use these products if you are allergic to any containing ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. You can only buy Erythromycin or Erythroped AMDIPHARM if you have a prescription.
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