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Erythromycin Eye Ointment treats certain eye infections (such as conjunctivitis). It is also used to prevent certain eye infections in newborns. It belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. Erythromycin works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medication treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Ophthalmic erythromycin comes as an ointment to apply to the eyes. It is usually applied up to six times a day for eye infections. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use erythromycin eye ointment exactly as directed.
To use the Erythromycin eye ointment, follow these steps:
Before using Erythromycin eye ointment, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, other macrolide antibiotics, or any other allergies.
After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity requiring clear vision until you can safely perform such activities.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when needed. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Common side effects of Erythromycin eye ointment include:
Can you use Erythromycin eye ointment for a stye?
Most of the time, a stye will go away on its own within a week. If necessary, your provider might prescribe erythromycin along with warm compresses to help it heal faster.
How many days do you use Erythromycin?
Use Erythromycin as prescribed, and don't stop taking it earlier, even if you start to feel better.
What are the side effects of Erythromycin eye ointment?
Side effects from Erythromycin eye ointment include irritation, redness, or allergic reaction in or around the eye. The side effects are usually mild and go away shortly after applying it.
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