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12.21 Erythromycin (Erythrocin)

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Generic Name

Erythromycin

Trade Name

E-Mycin

Indication

Useful in place of penicillin when patient cannot take penicillin, upper and lower
respiratory tract infections, otitis media, skin infections, pertussis, syphilis,
rheumatic fever

Action

Bacteriostatic: suppresses bacterial protein synthesis

Therapeutic Class

Anti-infective

Pharmacologic Class

Macrolide

Nursing Considerations

• Causes QT prolongation, ventricular arrhythmias
• Diarrhea
• Asses infection
• Monitor liver function tests
• Instruct patient to finish medication dosage even if they are feeling better
• Medication should not be shared

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