What is this medicine?
ERYTHROMYCIN, SULFISOXAZOLE (er ith roe MYE sin, sul fi SOX a zole) is combination of a macrolide and a sulfonamide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon, or container to measure the medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply. Do not use in children under 2 months old.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
confused, dizzy, trouble walking
difficulty breathing, cough
fever, flu like symptoms, sore throat
increased sensitivity to the sun or ultraviolet light
irregular heartbeat, feeling faint
low blood sugar
pain or difficulty passing urine
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
unusual bruising, bleeding
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of eyes, skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
medicines for cholesterol like lovastatin, simvastatin
medicines for heart rhythm like disopyramide, dofetilide
red yeast rice
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for anxiety or sleep like alprazolam, triazolam
medicines for diabetes
medicines for seizures like hexobarbital and phenytoin
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
After this medicine is mixed by your pharmacist, store in the refrigerator. Keep bottle tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after 14 days. Do not freeze.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
an unusual or allergic reaction to erythromycin, sulfisoxazole, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.
Drink several glasses of water a day as directed. You must not get dehydrated.