Erythromycin-functions,uses,precautions and dosages.
Erythromycin is an alternative to penicillin. It often comes in tablets or capsules of 250 mg, syrups with 125 or 200 mg. in 5 ml.
Erythromycin works against many of the same infections as penicillin and tetracycline but is more expensive in many parts of the world. Erythromycin now works better than penicillin for some cases of pneumonia and certain skin infections.
Erythromycin may be used instead of penicillin by person allergic to penicillin. Also it may often be used by persons allergic to tetracycline and by pregnant women and children who should not take tetracycline.
PRECAUTIONS AND POSSIBLE ILLNESS TO BE CAUSED
Erythromycin is fairly safe but care should taken not to give more than the recommended dose. Do not use erythromycin for more than two weeks as it may cause Jaundice.
DOSAGE OF ERYTHROMYCIN
Take erythromycin with meals to avoid stomach upset. Give one dose 4 times a day and each dose give the following :
- Adult : 500 mg (2 tablets or 4 teaspoons).
- Children between 8 to 12 years : 250 mg (1 tablet or 2 teaspoons).
- Children between 3 to 7 years : 150 mg (half tablet or 1 teaspoon).
- Children under the age of 3 : 75 to 150 mg ¼ to ½ tablet or ½ to 1 teaspoon.