Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual

Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment

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  • Prophylaxis of gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum
  • Treatment of superficial ocular infections involving the conjunctiva and/or cornea caused by organisms susceptible to erythromycin
  • For Prophylaxis:
    • Apply 0.5 - 1 cm in length in the lower conjunctival sacs within 2 hours of birth. The eyelids are then massaged gently to spread the ointment
  • For treatment:
    • Apply a small amount of ophthalmic ointment to each eye one or more times daily, depending on the severity of the infection


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  • Potential administration hazards: irritation, allergic contact dermatitis

Taketomo CK, Hodding JH, Kraus DM. Pediatric Dosage Handbook 9th-11th Editions. Hudson: Lexi-Comp Inc.; 2002-2004.

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