Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic used during the treatment bacterial infections. Erythromycin is available in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, suspension, ointment, and topical solution. In this article, we’ll talk in detail about how this drug is being used in ophthalmology.
Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment is most commonly used to treat conjunctivitis in newborns. However, erythromycin ointment is also sometimes used to treat other eye conditions such as blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction. While erythromycin ointment is generally safe and effective, it is important to only use it when necessary. Using erythromycin ointment unnecessarily can increase the chances of developing antibiotic resistance.
Why is Erythromycin Ointment Being Misused?
There are many reasons why erythromycin ointment is overused or misused.
- For one, it is relatively inexpensive and easily available.
- Second, it is often prescribed for newborns as a prophylactic measure against conjunctivitis, even though there is little evidence that it actually prevents the condition.
- Finally, erythromycin ointment can be used for a variety of other conditions, such as acne, which may not warrant its use.
The bottom line is that erythromycin ointment should be used judiciously and only when there is a clear medical indication for its use. When in doubt, always consult with a healthcare professional to ensure that you are using the medication correctly.
How to Properly Use Ophthalmic Erythromycin?
If you have been prescribed erythromycin ophthalmic, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions on how to properly use the medication. First, thoroughly wash your hands using soap before applying erythromycin ophthalmic. Then, remove your contact lenses if you wear them. You should wait at least 15-20 minutes after using Erythromycin before it is OK to put them back in. To apply erythromycin ophthalmic follow these steps:
- First, open the cap and lie down on a sofa.
- Then, using your index finger, pull down your lower eyelid of the eye you are treating.
- Next, Squeeze a small strip of erythromycin ophthalmic into the space between the lower eyelid and your eye.
- Release the lower eyelid and shut your eyes. Roll them in a circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the erythromycin ophthalmic time to be absorbed.
- Wipe away any Erythromycin ointment from around your eyes with a clean tissue or a cotton ball.
It is important not to touch the tip of the erythromycin ophthalmic bottle to anything, including your eye or your fingers, as this can contaminate the medication. If you accidentally touch the tip of the bottle, discard it and get a new one from your pharmacy.
If you are applying erythromycin ophthalmic more than once a day, be sure to apply it at least 5 minutes apart from all other eye meds you are using. If you still have symptoms of infection after 3 days of use, call your doctor.
If you are considering using ophthalmic erythromycin, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects. While the medication is generally safe and effective, it can cause some problems in some people.
The most common adverse effects include burning or irritation of the eyes. These symptoms usually go away after a few minutes. Other possible side effects include allergic reactions, increased sensitivity to light, and temporary blurred vision.
Keep in mind, that this medication shouldn’t be used for a prolonged period of time since prolonged use of antibiotics can result in the growth of fungal infection.
If you experience any of these side effects, be sure to contact your doctor right away.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to erythromycin, or if you have ever had jaundice or liver problems caused by taking erythromycin. To make sure erythromycin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had: kidney disease; asthma; mononucleosis (also called “mono”); a stomach or intestinal disorder such as colitis; or a blood disorder such as low levels of platelets in your blood. Do not use this medicine in a child younger than 3 months old without medical advice.