Erythromycin For Acne
Most of us have been prescribed Erythromycin at some point in our lives and it is one of the most popular antibiotics prescribed for acne
What Is Erythromycin?
Erythromycin is an antibiotic medicine belonging to the macrolide antibiotic family and is available on prescription and is commonly used to treat a number of conditions and bacterial infections.
Erthyromycin is used in acne both orally and topically.
Though other medications are deemed more effective it is still commonly and widely prescribed to those with skin that does not respond to other treatments.
How Does It Work?
Erythromycin helps to reduces the amount of bacteria that lives on the skin, this is known as propionibacteria acne (p.acnes). It also has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help to calm down angry and red looking spots and pimples.
Though it is now believed that bacterial resistance can occur with the very long-term use of antibiotics because of the tendency for the acne to become ‘immune’ to the treatment which is why some people find their acne stops responding after a period of time.
It is a good option for pregnant or nursing mothers, as it has no adverse effects on the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and it is one of the few antibiotics that doesn’t cause staining of the teeth.
How To Take Erythromycin
Oral Erythromycin is either prescribed in tablet form or topical cream, gel or liquid either by itself or in combination with another medicine.
It cannot be purchased over the counter or without a prescription.
The normal dose for Erythromycin tablets is twice a day but more or less may be required depending on what your doctor prescribes.
It can be taken with or without food, though it’s normally recommended to be taken with a meal. It should be taken at regular intervals and around the same time each day.
Side Effects of Erythromycin
With topical erythromycin, redness, dryness, oily skin, peeling or itching of the skin are common. Topical erythromycin products are usually applied to the skin twice a day, a popular acne treatment for acne that contains erythromycin is Zineryt.
The side effects of Erythromycin can far outweigh any benefits of the medication
Oral erythromycin is notorious for causing gastrointestinal problems.
As these independent user reviews show:
Other side effects include diarrhoea, oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections.
Although taking erythromycin with a meal can relieve the nausea and pain sometimes experienced, it can be very irritating to the stomach and although it’s likely your body will adjust to the medication in time, for some, this just doesn’t happen.
If you experience very severe stomach pain that doesn’t go away and diarrhoea that doesn’t subside, consult a doctor straight away.