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Brand Names: Eyemycin, Roymicin

Generic Name: erythromycin ophthalmic (Pronunciation: e RITH row MYE sin off THAL mik)

What is erythromycin ophthalmic (Eyemycin, Roymicin)?

Erythromycin ophthalmic is an antibiotic.

Erythromycin ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Erythromycin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Erythromycin 2% Ophth Oint-MIZ

What are the possible side effects of erythromycin ophthalmic (Eyemycin, Roymicin)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using erythromycin ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, stinging, or other irritation after using the ointment.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stinging or eye irritation;
  • mild itching or redness
  • blurred vision; or
  • increased sensitivity to light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about erythromycin ophthalmic (Eyemycin, Roymicin)?

You should not use erythromycin ophthalmic if you are allergic to it, or if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. This medication is used to only treat infections caused by bacteria.

Do not allow the tip of the tube to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the tip becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Erythromycin ophthalmic will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Erythromycin ophthalmic may cause blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with erythromycin ophthalmic unless your doctor tells you to.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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