IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ERYTHROMYCIN LACTOBIONATE - INTRAVENOUS

(eh-rith-row-MY-sin lack-toe-BYE-oh-nate)

USES: This medication is an antibiotic used to treat various infections.

HOW TO USE: This medication is administered by injection into a vein. It may be infused continuously or given a separate doses at evenly spaced intervals around the clock to ensure a constant level of medication in your blood. Take this medication for the full time prescribed. Do not stop taking this without your doctor's approval. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection.

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting or irritation at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: stomach cramps, diarrhea, jaundice, dark urine, unusual tiredness, ringing in the ears. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver disease/jaundice, any allergies. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection). Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug. Caution is advised when this drug is used in infants. Though very unlikely to happen, a stomach problem called IHPS (infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis) has been noted. Contact your child's doctor immediately if the child has persistent vomiting or increased irritability. A preservative (benzyl alcohol) which may be found in this product or in the liquid used to mix this product (diluent) can infrequently cause serious problems (sometimes death) if given by injection to an infant during the first months of life (neonatal period). The risk is greater with lower birth weight infants and is greater with increased amounts of benzyl alcohol. Symptoms include sudden gasping, low blood pressure, or a very slow heartbeat. Report these symptoms to the doctor immediately should they occur. If possible, a preservative-free product should be used when treating neonates. This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Small amounts of drug do appear in breast milk, so consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all the drugs you may use, (prescription and nonprescription) especially of the following: carbamazepine, cyclosporine, theophylline, certain benzodiazepines (e.g., midazolam, triazolam), warfarin, terfenadine, astemizole, felodipine (a calcium channel blocker), cisapride, corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), digoxin, pimozide, all other antibiotics, certain live vaccines, disopyramide, phenytoin, sparfloxacin (a quinolone antibiotic), certain drugs for high cholesterol (e.g., lovastatin). This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

NOTES: When possible, the injection will be replaced with medication taken by mouth.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: This medication is stable for 8 hours at room temperature or for 24 hours if refrigerated. The medication may be frozen for up to 30 days. If frozen, thaw in refrigerator and use within 8 hours of thawing. Do not refreeze thawed medication. Check the expiration date on the label and properly discard of any unused medication after that time.

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