Patients can still take erythromycin to prevent bacterial endocarditis

    Physicians are asking if patients can still take erythromycin to prevent bacterial endocarditis.

    The American Heart Assoc used to recommend erythromycin for patients who were allergic to penicillin.

    But they stopped recommending it because erythromycin causes so much GI upset...and there was too much confusion over the different formulations (EES, stearate, etc).

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