How do I take erythromycin?

Always follow your health professional’s instructions for taking erythromycin. They will advise you about how to take erythromycin, how many doses are needed each day, and how long to take erythromycin for.

If your symptoms don’t improve after a few days of taking erythromycin, or your symptoms get worse, see your doctor.

Tips for being medicinewise with antibiotics

Take your antibiotics at the right time and for as long as directed, even if you are feeling better.

Don’t keep unused antibiotics for another time — return leftover pills to your pharmacy for disposal.

Don’t share antibiotics with others — they may have a different infection and this can lead to antibiotic resistance.

The consumer medicines information (CMI) leaflet for your antibiotic can provide more information about how to take your medicine.

Read more about how to take your antibiotics and search for the CMI for your medicine.

  • Rossi S, ed. Australian Medicines Handbook [online]. Adelaide: AMH, July 2012.
  • Sweetman S, ed. Martindale: The complete drug reference [online]. London: Pharmaceutical Press (accessed 18 October 2011).
  • Antibiotic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic version 14; Erythromycin. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, 2012 (accessed 27 March 2012).