Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

Ery-Tab Alternatives

(erythromycin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Compare Ery-Tab (erythromycin) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Ery-Tab (erythromycin) or used for similar purposes.

Ery-Tab
(erythromycin)

Dificid
(fidaxomicin)

Zithromax
(azithromycin)

Biaxin
(clarithromycin)

Prevents and treats infections. Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.Treats diarrhea caused by C. diff infection. Dificid (fidaxomicin) works well to treat a severe gut infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile.Kills bacteria. Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Azithromycin
74%
-7% worse vs. Erythromycin
59%
-26% worse vs. Erythromycin
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-22% worse vs. Erythromycin
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Side effects
ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin

The Erythromycin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Erythromycin side effects »
  • Nausea 11%
  • Vomiting 7%
  • Abdominal pain 6%
  • Bleeding in the gut 4%
  • Low blood counts 2%
More Dificid side effects »
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Vomiting 6%
  • Rash 2%
  • Vaginitis 2%
More Azithromycin side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Biaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Biaxin »
How it works
ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) is a macrolide antibiotic that prevents and treats a variety of infections. It works by preventing bacteria from growing and multiplying.Dificid (fidaxomicin) kills bacteria by preventing them from making important proteins needed to survive.Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
Prescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
  • Acute Infective Exacerbation Of Chronic Bronchitis Acute Otitis Media Community Acquired Pneumonia Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Prophylaxis HIV Infection Duodenal Ulcer Disease Helicobacter Pylori Gastrointestinal Tract Infection Infection Of Skin AND OR Subcutaneous Tissue
Risk factors for serious side effects
ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
  • History of liver disease
  • Long antibiotic treatment period
Detailed Ery-Tab (erythromycin) risks & warnings »
  • Macrolide Antibiotic Allergy
Detailed Dificid (fidaxomicin) risks & warnings »
  • History of liver disease
  • History of myasthenia gravis
Detailed Zithromax (azithromycin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Interactions
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • Interacts with a lot of drugs, so don't take it with colchicine, statin drugs, verapamil, amlodipine, or diltiazem.
    No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.
    Food
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • Take it with or without food.
    • You only have to take it twice daily, regardless of meal time. You can take it together with other medications. It has minimal side effects.
    • Can take with or without food.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
    • Can cause liver problems, so people with previous liver problems need to be closely monitored while on Ery-Tab (Erythromycin).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    No pain related info.No pain related info.
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
    No pain related info.
    Weight
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • It's dosed based on your weight, so different people will have different doses.
    No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • It's used to treat a variety of infections caused by bacteria.
    • It comes as an oral suspension and as a tablet.
    • You can get a test done that'll show you if Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) will work for you.
    • You only have to take it twice daily, regardless of meal time. You can take it together with other medications. It has minimal side effects.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
    • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
    • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
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    Downsides and risks
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • Interacts with a lot of drugs, so don't take it with colchicine, statin drugs, verapamil, amlodipine, or diltiazem.
    • Diarrhea and other stomach problems are common side effects.
    • Can cause liver problems, so people with previous liver problems need to be closely monitored while on Ery-Tab (Erythromycin).
    • Dificid (fidaxomicin) is comparatively effective, but costs more than alternatives.
    • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
    • Has to be used with caution in people who've had liver disease.
    • Can't be used in people who've had myasthenia gravis.
    • Must be used with caution in people who are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ErythromycinDificidAzithromycinBiaxin
    • Take it with or without food.
    • It's dosed based on your weight, so different people will have different doses.
    • If you're using the suspension, refrigerate it and use it within 10 days.
    • It's common to feel better before you're supposed to stop taking Ery-Tab (Erythromycin), but make sure to take it for the entire time your doctor prescribed it. Skipping doses or stopping early can lower the drug's effectiveness and increase the chance that the drug won't work as well next time.
    • Dificid (fidaxomicin) is used to treat diarrhea caused by the Clostridium difficile bug.
    • Take Dificid (fidaxomicin) with or without food.
    • Finish the full course of Dificid (fidaxomicin), even if you feel better in a few days. If you don’t do this, the medicine may not work as well the next time you need it.
    • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • Space out any antacids with magnesium or aluminum by at least 2 hours.
    • Can take with or without food.
    Coming soon
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