erythromycin topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using erythromycin topical?
You should not use erythromycin topical if you are allergic to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether erythromycin topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Erythromycin topical can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medicine on a child younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I use erythromycin topical?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not use erythromycin topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.
Clean and dry the skin area before you apply erythromycin topical. Spread the medicine on lightly, without rubbing it in.
Erythromycin topical is usually applied once or twice daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.
It may take up to 12 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube or bottle tightly closed when not in use.
The gel form of this medicine is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame.
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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