Erythromycin is an antibiotic treatment, which may in particular be prescribed as a second-line treatment for chlamydia. It can be prescribed as tablets or as an oral solution.
Erythromycin is a broad spectrum antibiotic, which can fight a number of bacterial infections, including chlamydia. Originally, it was sold in the 1950s by Lilly, under the name Ilosone. Today, it is available as both generic tablets and as an oral suspension, under the name Erythroped, produced by Amdipharm.
- Very common antibiotic
- Second-line treatment for chlamydia
- Available in oral suspension
Erythromycin can also be prescribed as a second-line treatment for chlamydia. More specifically, this means that the doctor can decide to prescribe this antibiotic if the first options (Doxycycline and Azitromycin) cannot be prescribed to the patient.
Chlamydia is one of the most transmitted sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in France. It is usually contracted through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. Oral sex and sharing of sexual accessories are also causes of transmission.
In women, the symptoms associated with chlamydia are unusual vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, and pain in the abdomen. Men can develop penile discharge and testicular pain. Patients of both sexes may also experience some discomfort when passing urine.
However, the majority of cases of chlamydia will not cause any symptoms. Indeed, it is estimated that around 80% of female cases are asymptomatic.
Left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. So, if you think you have contracted chlamydia, please test for as much as possible (and undergo treatment if necessary).
Chlamydia can be treated with the prescription of antibiotic treatment. Erythromycin and Erythroped Amdipharm work by attacking the bacteria causing the infection. To stay alive and thrive, the bacteria need to produce an essential protein. This enzyme allows the bacteria to multiply and increase its presence in the body. Erythromycin blocks the development of this enzyme, and stifles the spread of infection. The bacteria are stopped, and the immune system can then destroy the infection.
The active substance of the oral suspension and the tablets is the same: erythromycin. It is a macrolide antibiotic marketed under different names since 1950, the year it was marketed. It is prescribed to treat many types of bacterial infections including STIs such as chlamydia.
To cure the infection, this active agent neutralizes the ability of the bacteria to grow. More specifically, erythromycin prevents the release of a particular enzyme, essential for the growth and survival of the bacteria in question. As the bacteria can no longer produce this enzyme, it is weakened and the immune system can in turn isolate the remaining cells and destroy the infection.
Erythromycin tablets are a generic version while Erythroped oral suspension is a brand name drug, manufactured by the Amdipharm laboratory.
It is essential when undergoing medical treatment to follow your doctor’s instructions, and to make sure that you have read the information leaflet before starting treatment. This will help you reduce the risk of side effects and make your treatment more effective.
Follow the treatment as prescribed.
Please note that Erythromycin is a second-line treatment for chlamydia. Therefore, your doctor will only prescribe this medicine for you if your first-line medical options are contraindicated.
For chlamydia, the dosage is as follows:
1. Erythromycin in tablet form
- One 250mg tablet, to be taken between 4 and 6 times a day, for a specific duration.
- Swallow the tablets with a glass of water.
2. Erythroped AMDIPHARM Oral Suspension
- A dose of 500mg (between 1 and 4 teaspoons depending on the concentration of your solution) of the oral solution, to be taken 4 times a day, over a limited period.
For both treatments, you must:
- Never exceed the dose prescribed by your doctor
- Never make up for a missed dose by increasing your next dose. If you miss a dose, continue your treatment as usual.
These instructions are only advice. You should always follow the instructions provided by your doctor and / or pharmacist.
Not everyone is affected by side effects. Despite this, it is important to remain vigilant about the possible effects that the disease can cause, in order to act quickly if it happens.
1. Erythromycin tablets
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hearing loss, liver problems, hypersensitivity, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, kidney problems, abdominal pain, allergic reaction, cardiac arrhythmia, toxic epidermal necrolysis, chest pain, dizziness and palpitations.
2. Erythroped AMDIPHARM Oral Suspension
Diarrhea, feeling sick, stomach pain, tinnitus, fever, loss of appetite, allergic reaction, palpitations, liver or kidney problems, hallucinations, confusion, or low blood pressure.
Interactions with other medical treatments
If you are already taking any prescription or non-prescription medication, or remedies, it is crucial that you tell the doctor during your consultation. The doctor may refuse to prescribe the treatment, or authorize it under certain conditions.
Erythromycin and Erythroped may interact with or affect the following drugs: 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; antimalarial drugs; antipsychotics; disopyramide; quinidine; nicoumalone; and warfarin.
Precautions for use
Before validating your order, please make sure that the doctor knows your entire medical history. Treatment will be contraindicated if you have any of the following illnesses: liver and kidney problems; irregular heartbeat; diarrhea caused by antibiotics; myasthenia gravis and porphyria.
Can I drink alcohol?
Alcohol can influence the effectiveness of some antibiotics, which is why it is recommended that you do not consume alcoholic beverages while undergoing treatment.
Can I drive?
If you don’t experience side effects, you can continue driving. However, if you suffer from side effects, these can truncate your judgment or reaction time, and driving can become very dangerous. In this case, avoid driving and contact the nearest doctor.
Can I take this treatment if I am pregnant?
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, so that he can advise you on what treatments you can take.
How to store the medicine?
Below 25 ° C, in a safe location, far from the reach of children.
Am I allergic to any of these drugs?
Erythromycin tablets are made with the following components: erythromycin, corn, starch, croscarmellose sodium type A, povidone, talc, magnesium stearate (E572), hypromellose, macrogol 6000, erythrosine (E127), methacrylic acid, ethyl acrylate , copolymer (1: 1) and polysorbate 80 (E433).
Erythroped oral suspension contains the following products: erythromycin ethylsuccinate, sodium citrate, saccharin, poloxamer, xanthan gum, sodium methyl hydroxybenzoate, colloidal silica, banana flavor No. 2, cream flavor flavor, purified water, sorbitol and acesulfame.
Do not use any of the medicines if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Are antibiotics available without a prescription?
No, Erythromycin and Erythroped Amdipharm can only be purchased with a prescription.