Erythromycin and Alcohol
Erythromycin is the generic name for this drug sold under the brand names EES Granules, EES Filmtab, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin Stearate Filmtab and PCE Dispertab and belongs to the family of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. These antibiotics function by slowing the growth or killing particular bacteria by reducing the production of specific proteins required by the bacteria to survive.
The drug is used to treat varied types of infections caused by bacteria and is used to prevent bacterial endocarditis and attacks of rheumatic fever and may be used for other purposes.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using this drug as it will greatly diminish the effect of the drug and increase the known side effects.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Stay out of the direct sunlight as your skin may be overly sensitive.
Do not use Erythromycin if allergic to the drug or if you are taking Propulsid or Orap as the interaction could cause life threatening heart rhythm disorders.
Before using Erythromycin advise your physician if you have liver disease or a disease known as myasthenia gravis.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, dizziness, headache, feeling tired, vaginal itching or discharge, mild itching or skin rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are chest pain, uneven heartbeat, light headed, fainting, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, lost appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice or diarrhea that is bloody or watery. If these occur get emergency help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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