Stiemycin acne solution 50ml Why do I need this medicine? Erythromycin belongs to a group of antibiotics called the macrolides.
Erythromycin gel is used to treat acne, which is also commonly known as pimples. Erythromycin kills the bacteria in the skin which causes acne.
How do I take this medicine? Wash your skin with water or a mild cleanser. Dry your skin thoroughly and apply a thin layer of Erythromycin gel on the affected area using your fingertips. Wash your hands after you have finished applying the gel.
Apply exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not apply more often or over a larger area than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to use Erythromycin gel for some time before any improvement is seen. Continue to use it even when you see that there is an improvement in your skin condition. Do not stop using it unless advised by your doctor to do so. What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine? Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Can I take this with other medicines? Do not use other acne preparations on the the affected area without first consulting your doctor.
You should not use any acne gel that contains clindamycin together with Erythromycin gel.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
When should I not use this medicine? Alert your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions (breathlessness, rashes, swollen mouth or eyes) to similar antibiotics such as clarithromycin, azithromycin or any other macrolide antibiotics.
Do not apply on the nipples if you are breastfeeding.
What should I take note of while using this medicine? Do not apply near the eye, nose, mouth or lip areas. If you accidentally apply Erythromycin gel on these areas, flush the area with clean water immediately.
Do not apply on cuts or broken skin.
Avoid using skin cleansers, medicated soaps or cosmetics that contain alcohol, as alcohol dries the skin and may cause further irritation.
Alert your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.
Do not share this medicine with anyone else, even if they appear to have the same problem as you have.
What side effects could I experience? Erythromycin gel may cause a temporary burning or itching sensation when applied to the skin. You may also experience dry skin, peeling, redness and oiliness. These side effects occur at the start of treatment and will usually go away as you continue using the gel.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects becomes severe or refuse to go away.