Drug Ratings for ERYTHROMYCIN

Average Rating: 2.0 (782 Ratings)

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 1  Tonsillitis & chest infection I have a penicillin allergy so was prescribed these. They def helped with my tonsillitis but I've nearly suffered as much with the side effects. Severe stabbing pain from under my rib cage all the way around to my back. Only took them for three days as I couldn't take the pain anymore. I've been on antibiotics before and never had any side effects. Read that high dose increases chances of side effects so going to pharmacy tomorrow to check my prescription. F 31 3 days
500 mg

 1  Lung infection Body started to swell up, droopy eye lids, couldn't stay awake. Woke up to stroke like symptom's. Gained over 10 pounds in 36 hours. Stopped taking, took 12 hours before swelling started to go down. Never again will I take this medication. F 59 1 days
250 4X D

 1  ear infection Feeling sick. Terrible pain in stomach as if bad hunger pains.. No sleep but feel totally worn out? Temperature Not taking theses again I feel awfull :( F 29 2 days

 5  Ear infection Since about the second day of taking it, I've noticed my sense of taste is way off. Nothing tastes good Cured my ear infection completely by day 3 F 5 days
250 MG 3X D

 1  Infection after molar tooth extract Severe burning sensation and cramping and nausea and lethargy within hours. Vomited up blood twice in succession on second day. Have not continued taking meds. Hours after discontinuing feel a lot better but still experiencing some burning sensation. If I am sick again or burning continues for another day will go to hospital a&e. My appetite has also significantly reduced. Finding it hard to even drink fluids too. F 36 2 days
250mg 4x d
 1  ear infection Severe stomach cramps, bloated & windy!! Cant sleep due to pain in tummy & sick feeling. Worst is the ear feels no better :( F 33 3 days
250mg x4

 1  Tonsillitis After last dose on day 2, vomiting every half hour to the minute, stomach cramps, something similar to hunger pains (although I'd eaten) ended up at doctors for anti vomiting tablets. F 35 2 days

 3  throat infection ok first couple of days but on day three i was up most of the night with terrible wind and abdominal discomfort Spoke to the doctor who suggested cutting down the dosage to half of original. Also taking some bio Yogurt as read by posters here, feeling better 6hrs on but still to try and get a nights sleep. Fingers crossed. M 47 10 days
500mg 4X D
 4  Acne I was prescribed erythromycin for acne and swollen glands by my GP 3 days ago for a 3 month course at 2x250mg morning and night. Symptoms: Day 1: Feeling tired, Nauseous, Fever. Day 2: Stomach cramps, Constant Hunger pains, Chest Pain and indigestion. Day 3: A little spaced out, Hunger pains and bad wind. luckily I researched this medication before taking it and lowered my dosage to 500mg per day 1x250mg morning and night. I have already noticed my lymph nodes shrinking and I have had no new spots breaking out. I shall keep you updated for any info contact me brandonevitt@hotmail.co.uk M 19 3 days
 1  Abscess on groin 2 x4 total 8 tablets over 7 days. by day 2 had a rumbling hunger pangs sensation even though eaten food. By day 3 pain was like burning and came in spasms followed by vomiting then retching through the night bringing up yellow/green bile extremely dehydrated unable to drink water. So ill ended up in hospital on drip for 2 days. All bloods and observations including scans and xrays normal only thing to explain how I ended in hospital is these tablets. Really lethal. I am allergic to penicillin so now avoiding Erythromycin I also found out these tablets can lead to inflamed pancreas I am so relieved I stopped them when I did the pain was more upper stomach than lower and radiated in flanks. I really thought it was gallbladder or pancreatitis cannot believe these tablets that are supposed to help can make you so ill. F 43 3 days
 1  Tooth Infection Burning stomach and throat, extreme nausea, diarrhea, depression, panic attacks, could not eat These are pure poison! I felt so sick that i couldn't eat. Did not take the last two but after 2 days of not taking them im still feeling ill...I feel like My body is going haywire. As someone who suffers from anxiety and emetophobia these definitely made it 300 times worse. Id rather be infected...its not worth it...i feel like i've tortured my body. F 19 5 days
250 4X D
 5  Cysts I have been prescribed this many times and unlike other anti-biotics these actually work for me. The only side effect I seem to get is heartburn but better than the pain from infected cyst. F 33 7 days
250 3X D

 1  Celtic tonsillitis I have been up all night with really painful stomach pains(very acidic). I've woken up several times being sick which was like a furry yellow/green colour and tasted like eating a tablet. Worst experience ever!!! F 16 2 days

 2  bronchitis Starting Day 5 (unbearable by Day 6) stabbing pain in back, left side, stomach cramps, joint pain, extreme muscle pain in legs. knees so that I could not walk properly, extreme fatique, oral & vaginal thrush.. Did not complete Day 7 Was prescribed this as first line drug for bronchitis, do not think it should be prescribed without first trying other antibiotics F 50 6 days
500mg 1X D

 2  Infected Sebaceous Cyst None, surprised at others comments. Had diarrhoea once on second day, but didn't assume it was the medication. I'm highly allergic to penicillin and also pregnant so options for antibiotics are fairly limited. Although I had no side effects, unfortunately it also hasn't cured the infection. F 29 7 days
250mg 4X D

 1  ear infection Dizzy, lifeless, was sick, queasy, stomach cramps I am limited as allergic to all cillins...told gp I didnt like this and he ignored me… F 52 2 days
500 x4 day

 2  Sore Throat Severe acidity, stomache ache I have taken it before but the side effects were less. Now I am taking again after six months and jhave very bad heartburn, acidity, stomache ache since the night I started taking these tablets. M 23 2 days
250 2X D

 2  sore throat;allergic to penicillin some stomach cramps F 40 1 days

 1  Tonsillitis Severe chest pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, dizziness, loss of appetite. Only took 4 tablets in total out of 56, nearly ended up in a&e. Do not take these! F 18 1 days
2 tab 4 x
 1  Chest and throat infection After the first use had bad stomach pains and was being sick for 3 hours straight. F 14 5 days

 3  Infected wound after operation The drug appears to be working as the wound is leaking less gunge ! However the tablets seem to be knocking me out so tired and lifeless . M 45 4 days
250Mg 4X D
 1  Chest infection *penicillin allergy Severe stomach cramps , dry skin , flushed face & hands, earache & headache, weak, tired& dizzy. Felt worse taking it than I did before it was prescribed. F 38 7 days

 4  Sinus Infection Nausea, cramping, sleep disturbance due to upper abdominal pain that felt like chest pain and back pain. Gurgling in my stomach that feels like hunger pains. Worked very fast to alleviate congestion and fever associated with sinus infection. 24 hours into medication the sinus symptoms are probably 75% better already. Hope I can make it through all 10 days with the side effects though. Based on some suggestions here I will try yogurt and increased carbs. F 39 10 days
500MG 2X D

 1  Tonsillitis and an ear infection I am someone who suffers from stomach problems and has a serious phobia of being sick therefore I do not understand why I was prescribed these tablets, I took one at 8pm and by 11pm I felt incredibly sick, bloated and had abdominal cramps. At 3am I was sick and it is now 7am the next day and I still feel incredibly sick. I also took after a meal which is supposed to make it better. Would NOT recommend. F 18 7 days

 1  Cold/Conjunctivitis Extreme pain in upper stomach/abdomen. The pain was unbearable on 2-3 day I had to stop using the tablets. Stomach cramps like never before, the pain was indescribable. Vomiting but mainly just dry reaching, loss of appetite. I wouldn't recommend this medication unless you absolutely have to. The pain is definitely not worth it, I was sleepless for 2 days. Had been prescribed with the medication before and was fine so this was very weird. Has got me wondering whether the pill interfered with it, but overall a very very terrible experience with this medication and I will not be taking it again!! F 17 7 days
400 2X D
 1  Infected Wisdom tooth Severe nausea, vomitting, stomach pain radiating round top of stomach (diaphragm area) like heartburn, stomach hot to touch I was prescribed this because I am allergic to Penicillin. The strange thing is I think I've taken it before and been ok so no idea why I had such a bad reaction. The symptoms started about 24 hours after I started taking the medicine, it was at night and began like really bad heartburn and nausea - couldn't get to sleep until about 4am. At this point I wasn't sure that it was the erythromycin and didn't want to stop taking antibiotics half way through the course so continued to take them. The whole day I was doubled over in pain, vomitted twice and had to just lie still in bed because I could not move for the pain in my chest/stomach. By the end of the day I realised that the pain got way worse an hour or two after I took the pills and then subsided around 6 hours after - so it was definitely caused by the erythromycin. I know that other people may be fine and I just had a bad reaction (as I said - I've taken them before with no such trouble) but I would never take this medicine again. F 23 4 days
500mg 2X D

 1  Tonsillitis After the very first dose I have very sharp, severe pains in my stomach right under my rib cage. During tha night the pain got worse and I was sick due to the pain. I carried on taking them for one more day but couldn't hack the stomach pain. Doctor took me straight off them, luckily the tonsillitis had cleared up. Very very bad experience!! F 28 7 days
 3  recurrent cellulitis Nausea for two hours after each dose, diarrhoea, stiff neck, headache, feeling of 'fullness' in ears, joint twinges, fatigue and general feeling of malaise. Having developed allergy to penicillin, was prescribed this as an alternative. It has reduced cellulitis infection fairly quickly but I need to take it for two weeks after cellulitis symptoms are gone : ( F 63 7 days
250 4X D
 4  Recurring cough and cold No noticeable side effects Just finished 7 day dose. Started to feel much better after about 24 hours, but I am not sure my infection has totally cleared so am going back to the doctor today. M 49 7 days
500mg 4X D
 2  tonsilitus Bad stomach cramps,feeling sick and headachy,feel very tied tingling in the back of the throat feel worse now than i did 3 days ago 57 3 days
500 mg 4X D

 5  bacterial infection / exzema Only side affect is that the tablets make me feel extremly tired but apart from that they are the tablets I have taken for this bacterial infection 3rd time having them very satisfied . F 40 7 days

 1  Strep Throat Severe nausea, completely crippling stomach cramps, and continuous vomiting. I felt somewhat nauseous after my first dose of Erythromycin, more so after the second, and after the third I completely lost it. I was literally sobbing in my bathroom floor from the gripping spasmotic stomach cramps alternating with vomiting every minute or so. I ended up being hospitalized because of severe dehydration from the vomiting and the continued stomach cramps. Once they rehydrated me with an IV for several hours, I started feeling better. The kicker? I had been prescribed this for a strep throat BEFORE they got the culture back - I didn't even end up having strep. The ER doc told me that he himself took erythromycin once and had the same reaction and has never prescribed it for anyone since. F 25 2 days
3X D

 1  ear infection I started off with pain in my back then the pain was in my chest, I thought I was having a heart attack, felt light headed, dry mouth , as I am Sat here writing this I am getting terrible stomach/chest cramps every few minutes which is like having a contraction when in labor, I stopped taking the tablets last night but am still in agony, saw dr this morning and I have been given anti sickness tablets only had one so too early to say if they are working. NEVER EVER have these tablets F 36 2 days

 1  Ear Infection Nausea, stomach cramps + Diarrhoea. F 58 2 days

 1  infection Severe cramps, nausea, vomiting, hot sweats, fainting. Would not recommend anyone risk taking these meds. F 30 1 days

 1  Tonsillitis Stomach cramps like labour pain. Being sick, weak ,cant sleep, headache and dizzy. I just feel terrible don't ever take this antibiotics. F 28 2 days

 3  gastroparesis Stomach cramps,intestinal pain, headache, lightheadedness/dizzy. Vomiting. I have to take this to empty my stomach do to GP. I wish I would have a better alternative. Rather take this then reglan. F 36 2 months
250 mg 3xd

 1  suspected chest infection After the second set of 2 tablets, shivery and cold. After the third set terrible stomach cramps, shivery, nauseous and dizzy. Vomited six times dark green bitter tasting slime to pale yellow slime. Awful experience, drained and exhausted. Pharmacist said they're prescribed on a risk-benefit basis i.e. worth the awful side effects for the cure but I couldn't possibly have continued that for a week, I couldn't eat, drink or move without retching. F 28 1 days
500mg x 4

 5  Infection (membraens pregnancy) Feeling sick n horrible taking each tablet 4 times a day after food. But if it is going to keep my baby n myself safe from infections n premature labour n birth i will take it for as long as i have to regardless on how it makes me feel. F 31 10 days

 2  Ear and throat infection *penicillin allergy* this antibiotic is terrible and I would never take it again. An hour after taking my first dose, I had chest pain, was short of breath, sweaty, and nauseous. After eating, I felt a bit better, but had a horrible upset stomach, particularly in my upper abdomen directly below my ribs. A lot of bad gas (flatulence as well as burping) and just an uncomfortable bloated feeling the whole time. Also had general lethargy and anxiety while taking this medicine. F 22 10 days
500mg 2xD

 3  Tooth infection Sharp shootin pains in lower left abdomen F 47 1 days
 1  suspected chest infection Horrific abdominal pain cramps wind trapped feeling extreme bloated feeling whole of front from chest to hips rigid with pain loss of appetite and vomiting bile. F 30 3 days
500mg ×4d

 1  Ear infection Nausea, feeling weak, throwing up, loss of appetite,horrible stomach cramps, crying, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations. Never ever taking them again. Causes more problems then it solves F 19 2 days

 5  Cystic and regular acne Dry mouth, moderate to high taste bud deterioration, tired, anxious, loss of hunger, sometimes dizzy This med works but odd thing is I just started experiencing mentioned symptoms. 1 month supply of 60. 2 per day. N just last week I got my symptoms! Guess it takes awhile to build up? I never take on an empty stomach even tho rx says to. Pharmacist was shocked at that n said eat b4!! So I did. I'm really kind of relieved to know these are from the med! I thought I was getting the flu. So yeah, annoying more so not to taste or feels hungry n feel just plain blah. Wondering if I should skip to 1/day for last 7 days. Ugh. I'm afraid my cyclic acne will return once this course ends. Tetracycline did the job well till they took it off the market. This is horrid. If my cystic acne starts up I will trudge through another course in necessary. Way too many side effects. Blah F 43 23 days
250 mg 2X D
 1  Tooth infection Sharp stomach pains very painful F 20 8 days

 1  Cat scratches I thought I was going to die, I had a cold feeling in my stomach for a couple of days, then on the third night I was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life, upper abdominal cramps, but they felt like they were tearing me apart. NEVER TAKE THESE. F 23 3 days
250 8X D
 1  is because i have a skin infection .a very sharp pain my chest,which is making me feel like i want to vomit,also feeling like there is something on my throat which is preventing from vomiting F 24 6 times
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 1  Abscess in mouth Terrible cramps, wind and indigestion. Never had symptoms like this on any other antibiotics. Now I have made the connection I will be stopping them immediately. F 28 4 days

 1  Infection after root treatment Felt completely spaced out legs were weak and had to keep taking deep breaths felt like lost control of my breathing F 45 1 days

 1  suspected Tonsillitis Within hours of taking erythromycin l had diarrhoea with blood in my stool.I have now had problems for thirty years and regret the day I asked my GP for treatment for what L thought was tonsillitis. M 63 5 days
not known

 1  acne irrational anxiety (rapid heart beat, losing control of breathing, feeling sick, retching, feeling of doom, crying, feeling of lump in throat, dry mouth) I've taken it before for a long period and didn't notice any side effects. Stopped taking it when after my skin had been clear(er) for a while. Gap of approx 6 months. Was experiencing bad stomach pain, bloating etc so thought I was gluten & lactose intollerant so changed diet (however after reading this site, I'm wondering whether the pain was caused by this drug!!!). Recently started taking it again as skin has worsened. Started to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Didn't realise it could be erythromycin as I've taken it before 'without' side effects.... After making the connection yesterday I stopped taking it, after 2 missed doses I've had a brilliant day with decreasing anxiety by the minute.. Very annnoyed that anxiety isn't shown as a side effect on the leaflet - clear skin is NOT worth feeling like this!!! F 21 2 weeks
250mg 2X D
 5  Acne Bloating, headaches, nausea, fatigue, cramping, diarrhoea, skin dryness. M 18 7 days

 4  acne I have only been on this for a week but what a huge difference already..pity it is given me cramps and severe flatulence but reading other posts I am going to stock up on natural yoghurt and probiotic drinks to see if this really does help F 27 6 months
250 mg

 2  Boil on groin I have severe stomach cramps ( i feel like im having contractions in labour ) Feeling of being sick with watery mouth but not been sick. Shaking and tiredness. Feel like im on a different planet. The cramps are there all the time after day 2 of taking medicine but made severly worse after eating. F 46 3 days
500mg 4X D

 1  Chest infection Wind, Stomach Cramps, Upset Stomach, Constant need to go to the toilet, feeling very hungry but then felt nauseous, tight chest, difficulty breathing, weak, crying, headache, eyes hurt from sunlight, neck stiffness, back ache, muscle soreness. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL. F 18 2 days

 1  Throat infection Diarrhoea within 2 hrs of first tablet but didn't make connection with that and other symptoms of extreme nausea, loss of appetite, inability to sleep and when sleep came from exhaustion disturbing dreams, headache, acute pain behind right eyeball, ringing in ears until I searched the Internet and found this site and realised that such horrid side effects are a common occurrence with this antibiotic. It would have been helpful for the GP to have listened to me and how critical this week was for me in tems of being able to work. Instead he prescribed this which has not only made me feel worse than I did with the throat infection, I cannot work and have lost 5lbs which I can I'll afford. The GP was insistent that I must complete the course - in 10 days I dread to think what would happen. I rang the surgery and another GP advised to stop them immediately. I am allergic to penicillin but I will not accept this antibiotic again. F 49 10 days
250mg 4X D

 5  FOLLICULITUS/SEVERE ACNE Stomach cramps Lots of gas Constant need to go to toilet Headache Tiredness It completely cleared my folliculitus on my back and acne on my face. After trying everything including Duac gel and HibiScrub to clear it up this is amazing. I used to get a new spot everyday which would last around 1 week+ and scar. The side effects where annoying and un-comfortable but the outcome made it well worth it. F 15 6 weeks
250mg 2X D

 2  cough tiredness ,abdominal pain ,stifness in neck .diarorea,visual trouble. dizzeness,loss appetite ,muscle stifness/back head stiffness/crying feeling unwell i stop that drug today and dont now how it take to be well againt very worried about my vision i cant see properly feel very bad and i didnt notifie that was coming from this drug i was thinking i died F 34 7 days
250 8X D
 3   Bloating, difficulty urinating with frequent attempts, mental fog (holiday from reality) disturbed sleep. I went on it after stopping penecillin due to suspected alergy. infected tooth still painfull even on last day of course.... These are not lightweight tabs, they have some serious side effects.... buy hey..... I expect they saved me from big infection 59 5 days
500 4X D
 1  Tonsillitis Intence stomach cramps, vomiting, feeling hungry but cudnt eat, trapped wind, felt like i was in labour, couldnt sleep, felt weak F 24 2 days

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