Ilotycin is used to treat 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. Ilotycin 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.
How to Use Ilotycin
To apply eye ointment, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tip of the tube or let it touch your eye, eyelid, or any other surface. Apply to the eyes only. Do not swallow or inject. Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Ilotycin. Sterilize contact lenses according to the manufacturer's directions, and check with your doctor before you begin using them again. To apply eye ointments, tilt your head back, look up, and gently pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place about a half-inch (1 centimeter) strip of ointment into the pouch as directed by your doctor. Gently close the eye and roll the eyeball in all directions to spread the medication. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed. Wipe the tip of the ointment tube with a clean tissue to remove extra medication before recapping it. Wait several minutes for your vision to clear before driving or operating machinery. The Dosage of Ilotycin is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use it more often than directed. If you are using another kind of eye medication (such as drops or ointments), wait at least 5 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye. Use Ilotycin regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Stopping the medication too soon may allow the bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection. Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
Before using erythromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin); or if you have any other allergies. Ilotycin may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Ilotycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. After you apply Ilotycin, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you can do it safely. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). During pregnancy, Ilotycin should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether erythromycin passes into breast milk when given as an eye ointment. It is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Ilotycin, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Ilotycin Side Effects
Eye stinging/burning/redness or temporary blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that Ilotycin has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Ilotycin do not have serious side effects. Use of Ilotycin for prolonged or repeated periods may result in other types of eye infections, including fungal infections. Stop using Ilotycin and contact your doctor if you notice new or worsening eye symptoms (such as pain, swelling, thick discharge or pus). A very serious allergic reaction to Ilotycin is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Store at room temperature. Do not expose Ilotycin to high heat. Do not freeze. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Ilotycin when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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