Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to treat certain eye infections. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using Erythromycin provided by your doctor. Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment may be used around the eye or in the eye. To use this medicine in the eye: first, wash your hands. Pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using the medicine, gently close your eyes and keep them closed for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue. To prevent germs from entering the medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface including the eye. Also, keep the container tightly closed. Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat and light. To clear up your infection completely, continue using this medicine for the full course of treatment even if your symptoms disappear in a few days. Do not miss any doses.
MISSED DOSE: 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. Do not use 2 doses at once.
That may go away during treatment, include blurred vision or stinging. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you experience redness, irritation, swelling, vision changes, continued stinging, pain, or burning. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor. This medicine may cause blurred vision after it is applied. This is normal and will clear in a few minutes. It is usually recommended that you do not wear contact lenses while using this medicine. Check with your doctor before wearing them. Sterilize contact lenses according to manufacturer's directions. For women: it is unknown if 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.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
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.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician,pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your
healthcare professional before taking the product.
Tell your doctor of all medications you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: silver preparations, all other eye or ear antibiotic or corticosteroid (e.g., hydrocortisone) medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.