Antibiotic Ilosone (erythromycin)
It is a medicine which contains an antibiotic agent known as erythromycin. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to the group of medicines known as macrolide antibiotics. The medicine works by killing or stopping the growth of the bacteria. Apart from capsules, tablet, chewable tablet and pediatric, it is also available in topical solution and gel form and as an ointment. The dosage of this medicine is usually 3 to 4 times daily.
Composition of Ilosone:
Each 5 ml of this medicine contains erythromycin estolate equivalent to 125 mg erythromycin base. It is an orange flavored medicine. The nonmedicinal ingredients of this medicine are Butylparaben, citric acid, cellulose and sodium CMC, calcium disodium, FD&C Yellow, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, silicone, orange Valencia, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sucrose, sodium lauryl sulfate, and water.
Uses of Ilosone:
It is used to treat respiratory tract infection, ear infection, urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, skin infections, and venereal diseases caused by bacteria. Apart from this, it is also used to treat acne vulgaris.
Side- Effects of Ilosone:
Like all medicines Ilosone has also reported some serious side effects. Some of the common side effects are upset stomach, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, mild skin rash and stomach pain. Also, it can cause irritation, rashes, dryness, itching, redness, yellow eyes, fainting, vaginal infections, pale stools and burning sensation. High doses of this medicine can increase the risk of heart diseases in patients with a history of irregular heartbeat. Similarly, it can increase the chances of liver disease in patients.
Contraindications of Ilosone:
Before using this medicine, let your doctor know if you have any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or to any ingredients of this medicine. Any other kind of allergy should also be reported to the doctor. If you have any other type of allergy to preservatives or food dye or animals, inform your doctor beforehand. High doses of this medicine can cause hearing loss in older people, especially if they are taking high doses. This medicine has not shown any side effects in children, who was tested with effective doses of this medicine. Some of the side effects may not need medical attention and may go away during treatment. The side effects may go away as the body gets accustomed to the medicine. If in case a superinfection develops, discontinue the medication and contact the doctor. This medicine should not be used for a long time as it may result in overgrowth of bacteria or fungi. This medicine can also interact with other medicines hence, let your doctor know if you are taking any prescriptive or non-prescriptive medicine.
Pregnancy and Ilosone:
No side effects have been registered for this medicine in pregnant women, however, it is advised that you let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.