Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Dermatologic

Akne-Mycin 

(erythromycin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Dermatologic
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Topical treatment for acne.

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Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a very common acne treatment you apply to the skin that may work better when combined with other topical medicines.

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Upsides

  • Applying erythromycin to the skin reduces the amount of acne bacteria and "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
  • Available in a gel formulation which may be better if your skin is very oily.
  • Better choice if you're pregnant. erythromycin is categorized as pregnancy Category B (likely safe) as compared to similar topical medicines that are Category C (weigh risks vs benefits).
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Downsides

  • There's a risk of irritation with anything you apply to your skin and this is no different. erythromycin, like other topical antibiotics, can cause skin irritation and may appear as redness, peeling, abnormal dryness or stinging, tightening, or burning sensations.
  • It's rare, that a serious allergic reaction would occur, but it's a good idea to test a small area of skin before using on any larger or sensitive areas
  • Studies show it works better when combined with other topical medicines to fight acne and reduce the risk of it losing its effectiveness over time.
  • Can cause severe inflammation of the large intestine (pseudomembranous colitis)
  • Stop using if you don't notice any improvement in your acne after 6-8 weeks. The most time you can use it is three months.
How it works

Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a topical antibiotic. It fights bacteria that cause acne in oil (sebaceous) glands, and contains alcohol which dries out acne-affected areas.

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Side effect rates for Akne-Mycin (erythromycin)

  • Burning

Risks and Warnings for Akne-Mycin (erythromycin)

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  • Rarely, Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) can cause serious allergic reactions and life-threatening organ failure. Report any skin rash, fever, swelling, or trouble breathing to a doctor immediately. It may occur immediately longer, after continued use.

Common concerns from people taking Akne-Mycin (erythromycin)

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Pregnancy
Pain
  • Let your doctor know if you notice abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea after starting this medicine.
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  • Better choice if you're pregnant. erythromycin is categorized as pregnancy Category B (likely safe) as compared to similar topical medicines that are Category C (weigh risks vs benefits).