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(Erythromycin)

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

Ery-Tab
(Erythromycin)

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.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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Side effects
ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin

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

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

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

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How it works
ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) is a macrolide antibiotic that prevents and treats a variety of infections. It works by preventing bacteria from growing and multiplying.Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
Antibiotic
Macrolide
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Macrolide
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
  • 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
ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
  • History of liver disease
    • Long antibiotic treatment period
    Detailed Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) risks & warnings »
        • History of liver disease
        • History of myasthenia gravis
        Detailed Zithromax (Azithromycin) risks & warnings »
        Coming soon.
        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
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • 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.
        Food
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • Take it with or without food.
        • Can be taken with or without food.
        • Can take with or without food.
        No food related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • Can cause liver problems, so people with previous liver problems need to be closely monitored while on Ery-Tab (Erythromycin).
        • 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.
        • 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
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        No pain related info.
        • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
        No pain related info.
        Weight
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • It's dosed based on your weight, so different people will have different doses.
        No weight related info.No weight related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • 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.
        • 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
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • 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).
        • 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.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        ErythromycinAzithromycinBiaxin
        • 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.
        • 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.
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