What is erythromycin for?
Erythromycin is a powerful antibiotic medicine, which is used to:
- Treat respiratory infections
- Treat urinary infections
- Replace penicillins
- Carry out gastric purges
Depending on its purpose, erythromycin can be found in different presentations : topical (gel), tablets, capsules, and ampoules. Its use is accompanied by some medicine that protects the digestive tract.
Treat respiratory infections
Erythromycin has been the best option for the treatment of respiratory tract infections , such as bronchitis, diphtheria, Legionnaires’ disease, whooping cough, pneumonia, and almost any other disease caused by bacterial pathogens associated with this apparatus.
This type of infection also affects the ear and throat, being the doctor’s decision how to administer this medicine.
Treat urinary infections
This drug is used as a treatment for venereal and urinary tract infections . Its mode of application for these areas is through injections and gel, as the case may be.
Erythromycin is used as an alternative medicine in patients allergic to penicillins and it is not possible to give them another similar antibiotic. In combination with other drugs, erythromycin can have the same results as those mentioned.
Carry out gastric purges
Before a digestive hemorrhage, erythromycin serves to clean the interior of the organs. In this way, the view in an endoscopy of the internal lesion is facilitated. This use is only allowed inside the emergency room , when this procedure must be done immediately. In a normal query, it is restricted.
There is one issue to address about erythromycin as an antibiotic: It should NOT be used to deal with common colds or stationary viruses . The fact that it is a potent drug causes the resistance of pathogens to increase.
A bacterium that survives a potent drug can survive all other minor ones. It is a mistake, for example, to treat the flu with erythromycin. If some microorganism overpowers its chemical action , there will no longer be much to do against it.
Erythromycin side effects
The abuse in the consumption of this medicine carries a high risk of this antibiotic resistance , and the opening to new bacteria. It is essential to take it under the supervision of a doctor, since this professional will be in charge of combining it with other medications for the total extinction of the bacteria that have caused the infection.
The most common effects related to excess ingestion are:
- Stomach ache
- Colic or cramping
- Mild rash
It is important to observe the persistence of these discomforts, to immediately seek medical attention.