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Erythromycin Antibiotic Drug Information
A guide to erythromycin, an antibiotic prescribed for acne sufferers, including side effects, and usage precautions.

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Erythromycin is another antibiotic medication that is commonly used to treat acne. It helps to defeat acne vulgaris by disrupting the growth of the "P. Acnes" bacteria responsible for inflammatory lesions and pustules.

Unlike tetracycline, erythromycin can be taken with food, which is a major benefit for active young adults who eat often.

You also have the option of taking the slow release erythromycin tablets with just water or milk rather than waiting to take it with a complete meal.

I found that with any oral antibiotic you can avoid the mild nausea side effect by taking the pill along with a full glass of water rather than just enough to wash it down.

Some severe possible side effects of erythromycin include fainting, irregular heartbeats, persistent diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, and debilitating abdominal pain.

Erythromycin's more common yet mild side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, itchiness and rashes.

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