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Erythromycin Ophthalmic

Generic name: erythromycin ophthalmic [eRITH-row-MYE-sign-off-THAL-mik]
Brand name: Eyemycin, Ilotycin, Romycin
Form of dosage: ophthalmic ointment (0,5%)
Ophthalmic antiseptics

What is Erythromycin Ophthalmic?

Erythromycin is an antibacterial.Erythromycin (for the eye) is used for treating bacterial infections in the eyes.Erythromycin Ophthalmics can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Erythromycin

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongue

Erythromycin can cause severe side effects. If you experience:

  • After using Erythromycin Ophthalmic, you may experience severe irritation, burning, or stinging.
    Signs of an eye infection include pain, inflammation, discomfort, drainage or crusting, and increased sensitivity to light.

Some of the most common side effects associated with erythromycin eye ophthalmic include:

  • Eye redness;
  • Mild eye irritation

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report adverse reactions by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your doctors about your allergies and medical conditions.Notify them which medications you are currently taking.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to erythromycin, do not use the eye drops.

  • A viral or fungal infection in your eye.

This medicine is unknown to cause harm to an unborn child. Inform your doctor of any pregnancy or plans to get pregnant.Breastfeeding may be unsafe while taking this medication. You should consult your physician about possible risks.

How to take Erythromycin Ophthalmic?

Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all the directions. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Before using any eye medications, wash your hands.

How to apply the ointment

  • You can create a pocket by tilting your head slightly back and pulling down the lower eyelid. Point the tip of the tube at the pocket. Focus your attention upwards and away from the tip.
  • The tip of the tube should not touch your eye. Keep your eyes closed and blink gently for a minute or two.
  • Wipe off any excess eyelash ointment with a piece of tissue.
  • You may experience blurred vision after opening your eyes for a few seconds. Do not drive or do anything else that you need to be able to see clearly.

Avoid touching the tube tip or placing it on the eye. The tip of the tube can cause serious eye problems if it is contaminated.Even if you feel better quickly, continue to take this medication for the entire prescribed time. You can get an infection resistant to the medication if you skip doses. Erythromycin ophthalmic does not treat viral or fungal infections of the eye.Keep the tube at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. When not in use, keep the tube closed tightly.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for the next dose, skip the dose that was missed. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

Avoid this

Erythromycin Ophthalmic conditions can cause blurred or impaired vision and even affect your reaction. Do not drive or engage in any hazardous activities until you have determined how the medicine affects you.You should only use eye drops prescribed by your physician.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine used on your eyes. Many drugs interact. Inform your health care providers of all the medicines that you take, including prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications.