Erythromycin

Went to see my GP this morning and was prescribed oral erythromycin for acne on my back.

I was previously taking the Pill (Dianette and more recently Yasmin) to control acne as well as for contraceptive purposes. I stopped taking it last June in order to try to get pregnant. By October acne had reappeared on my back (has not yet affected my face) - quite large, painful cysts which are worse a week or so prior to my period.

I had done some online research and erythromycin appeared to be the only oral antibiotic I could safely take if trying to conceive or actually pregnant. My GP confirmed this and prescribed it for me (he felt it would be more effective than a topical treatment). However, the leaflet accompanying the tablets states that you should not use the medicine if you are planning a baby, are pregnant or are breastfeeding and should inform your doctor of your condition. I told my GP that I was trying to conceive and he checked to make sure erythromycin was no contraindicated.

I'm confused as to what to do - is it OK to take it or not? I'm desperate to get rid of the spots which are painful as well as unsightly, but would not want to cause harm if I did become pregnant.

I hope someone can advise/reassure me.

Comments

  • Leaflets always have to err on the side of caution
    I cant see a problem with you taking it
    you never know-get preggy and the spots might go anyway"!
  • Minks can I just say that I took erythromycin for a sore throat last year and could not help noticing that my skin, usually kinda normal, was glowing.
  • Hi Minks.
    Which product have you been prescribed?
    Erythromycin crosses the placental barrier, but there is no evidence of hazard in human or animal pregnancy. It is also excreted in breast milk.

    You could take the product and go see your GP if you become pregnant? Alternatively call the company yourself, they should have a technical department who can help.
  • Thanks guys.

    Hipps, I hope so! I was plagued throughout my early teens but for the 13 or so years I was taking the Pill have had clear skin, and have no desire to go back to being spotty!

    Stellina, hope it works for me too!

    Mike, they're just erythromycin tablets (small, red ones that look like sweets!) 250mg. No brand name or anything.

    I'm sure I will have finished the course before breast milk becomes an issue - and will probably switch to a topical treatment if I become pregnant and still spotty!

    Thanks for the reassurance.
  • Stellina - result! No need for reflective clothes for those night runs then!
  • Minks, we use Erythromycin as the first port of call for premature labourers. Not sure how save it is in very early pregnancy though as the first eight weeks is the most important. By the time you are eight weeks pregnant it should be fine.

    The other point is that being pregnant produces the same hormones as the pill (thats how the pill works, it convinces the body that it is already pregnant ....or something like that) so either its worth waiting until you're pregnant, when the problem will probably resolve, or perhaps using contraceptive until you've finished your course of antibiotics just to be safe.

    Good luck by the way.
  • Greg W., my red nose is enough for shining a light on dark running nights.
  • fat fyes
    Minks will be on the antibiotic long term, not just a 2 week course
    2 weeks wont do the job with acne
    but, tis true if you got preg-might solve the issue
    It isnt a problem in the first 8 weeks though-to take the stuff
    (mind you-have you had erythro before--can cause squits)
  • AT THE RISK OF HIPPOS WRATH (SEE MY POST RE SHOUTING THOUGH) ALWAYS MAX OUT ON THE ACTIMEL IF I GET NEAR AN ANTIBIOTIC. HELPS AVOID THE SQUITS, GUTROT ET AL.

    GOOD LUCK WITH THE BABBY.

    GOING TO WATCH TV, CAN'T SEE WHAT IS COMING ON SCREEN. THOUGHT THESE TFT SCREENS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE MUTTS NUTS.

    GRRR
  • ohh, didn't realise you stayed on antibiotics long term for acne....that can't be good for you can it??? question not statement.

    erythromycin can make you feel a bit sicky can't it?
  • dustboy
    why would you incur my wrath?
  • >>shakes in corner<<
  • oh stoppit
    Im not even scary-and i know it
  • Thought you were going to shout at me for peddling advice but it really does seem to work.

    How are you dear, hope life is treating you extremely well.
  • its not dusty
    but it will all be over soon
    8 weeks togo
  • Should I ask?
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