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Erythromycin Tablets - Antibiotic Treatment for Rosacea
Erythromycin 250mg tablets are an effective antibiotic that is used to kill bacteria that live on the skin and cause symptoms such as redness and blemishes in rosacea. Within a couple of months, the skin is left visibly clearer and less irritated.
Erythromycin is available on private prescription from The Independent Pharmacy. Get your treatment delivered quickly by completing an online consultation today.
What is Erythromycin?
Erythromycin is a generic branded macrolide antibiotic that can be prescribed to treat the irritation, inflammation and acne caused by rosacea, available as a 6 or 12 week supply. It is suitable for people who are unable to take tetracycline antibiotics such as doxycycline, oxytetracycline or Efracea.
When Erythromycin is taken twice a day to ease rosacea or acne, most people will notice a significant improvement to the condition of their skin within 2 months.
What is Erythromycin used for?
Erythromycin tablets can be used to treat many different types of infection. The Independent Pharmacy may prescribe it for those people that suffer from a skin condition called rosacea.
This treatment is suitable for people who have already tried topical rosacea treatments but have not been effective at clearing up their skin.
Erythromycin in acne
Rosacea is a skin condition that may cause symptoms such as redness, thickened skin and pimples and is sometimes referred to as adult acne. Erythromycin is a highly effective treatment for clearing up the bacteria, which causes rosacea. Erythromycin can also be prescribed to treat acne, however, we do not currently supply it online to treat acne.
How does Erythromycin work?
Erythromycin is an antibiotic known as a macrolide, which works by reducing the number of bacteria present on the skin. By killing this bacteria it helps to clear the skin, leaving it looking clearer and feeling smoother.
How long does Erythromycin take to work?
For skin conditions such as rosacea, Erythromycin tablets can take at least 2 months before you see considerable improvement.
You must take your Erythromycin tablets for the full duration until your course is finished. You may notice your skin looks and feels better before this time, but to prevent the bacteria from returning you must not stop taking it early.
Erythromycin and alcohol
Drinking alcohol while taking Erythromycin tablets may slow down the antibiotic effect of this medicine. Therefore, you may wish to stop drinking or limit your alcohol intake while taking Erythromycin.
Non-prescription alternatives to Erythromycin
There are some non-prescription alternatives that can help with the treatment and management of your Rosacea such as:
- Protecting your skin from the sun every day
- Do not scrub your face
- Use a non-perfumed moisturiser on sensitive dry skin
- Do not use perfumed soap on your face
- Consider any lifestyle changes that can trigger your rosacea flareups. Keeping a diary may help.
- Erythromycin Tablets, Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/10659/pil
Before taking Erythromycin tablets you should ensure you have read and understood the contents of the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions you should not purchase Erythromycin online as they may not be safe to take:
- Decreased liver function.
- Severely decreased kidney function.
- Abnormal heart rhythm is seen on a heart monitoring trace (ECG) as a 'prolonged QT interval', or people at risk of this (your doctor will know).
- Abnormal muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis).
- Hereditary blood disorders are called porphyrias.
Erythromycin may cause interactions with several different medications if taken at the same.
If you are taking any of the following medicines you should not buy Erythromycin tablets online as they may interact with your current medicines:
- Warfarin (thins the blood)
- Cisapride (used for stomach disorders)
- Pimozide (used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders)
- Clarithromycin (an antibiotic used to treat certain infections)
- Ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (for migraine)
- Zopiclone (induces sleep)
- Theophylline (helps ease breathing)
- Lovastatin (blood cholesterol-lowering drugs)
- Midazolam or Triazolam
Erythromycin & Pregnancy
Erythromycin tablets should only be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women if clearly needed and this should be discussed with your doctor or a pharmacist.
Erythromycin dosage for rosacea
Erythromycin 250mg tablets can be prescribed by The Independent Pharmacy for oral use, to kill the bacteria which causes rosacea.
Adults over 18 years old should take 2 tablets (500 mg) 4 times a day for up to 12 weeks. Tablets should be taken before or with food.
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before starting treatment with Erythromycin.
Taking too much Erythromycin can cause temporary hearing loss, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. Even if you do not feel unwell if you have taken more than the stated dose of this medication contact a doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
The active ingredients in Erythromycin, 250mg tablet: Erythromycin
The other ingredients in Erythromycin tablets: Maize starch, Croscarmellose sodium Type A, Povidone, Talc, Magnesium stearate (E572), Hypromellose (E464), Macrogol 6000, Erythrosine (E127), Methacrylic acid ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) and Polysorbate 80 (E433).
Erythromycin side effects
Erythromycin like other antibiotics may cause some people to experience unwanted side effects. If you are worried about any side effects you should speak to a doctor for advice.
The most common side effects include:
- Decreased appetite
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Altered hearing, vision and taste
- Difficulty sleeping
- Skin reactions
For full details about side effects and how to report new side effects please see the Patient Information Leaflet.
Erythromycin is often taken as an alternative antibiotic by people who are allergic to penicillin. However, Erythromycin can cause some people to experience an allergic reaction.
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips or throat
- Skin rashes
If you experience any serious side effects including symptoms of an allergic reaction you should call 999 or attend your nearest emergency department as soon as possible.
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Erythromycin 250mg Tablets FAQs
There is currently no cure for rosacea, as the exact causes are still unknown. Usually rosacea affects the skin on your nose, cheeks, and forehead, with flare-ups occurring in cycles. Sufferers may experience symptoms for weeks or months at a time, then find that symptoms go away. However, they often recur later.
Oral erythromycin is an antibiotic that can be used to treat moderate to severe acne, particularly that which isn't improving using other treatments. It can also be used topically to treat acne, as a cream, gel or ointment. Erythromycin is used to treat a wide range of conditions, from acne and rosacea to ear infections
Please note, we do not prescribe Erythromycin for ear infections.
Erythromycin is what’s known as a macrolide antibiotic. Its most common side effect is GI toxicity. When taken orally, the acidic environment of the stomach degrades the tablets into a substance that can cause adverse GI effects – including diarrhoea. Other effects can include stomach ache or nausea.
As well as tablet form, Erythromycin also comes as a cream or gel that can be applied topically to treat acne and rosacea. The antibiotic ointment helps to reduce inflammation and pimples by stopping the growth of bacteria. This topical treatment works best if used at the same time every day. At The Independent Pharmacy, we stock Mirvaso Gel and Rozex Gel for topical rosacea treatment.
Since rosacea doesn’t have a known cure, some people opt for laser resurfacing treatment. The painless procedure destroys tiny blood vessels and usually heals fairly quickly, helping to control rosacea. Many patients choose to combine laser treatment with medication.
It’s important to remember that there are always risks with laser treatment – anyone can get an adverse reaction to laser surgery. Only trained medical professionals should ever operate facial lasers.