December 19, 2014
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Stievamycin

(tretinoin - erythromycin topical)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01945262 STIEVAMYCIN FORTE GEL
01905112 STIEVAMYCIN GEL
02015994 STIEVAMYCIN MILD GEL

How does Stievamycin work? What will it do for me?

This combination product contains two medications, tretinoin and erythromycin, and is used to treat certain types of acne. Tretinoin helps acne by exfoliating the skin's outer layer, which helps to reduce the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, and other acne lesions. Erythromycin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause acne. You may see improvement in your acne after 2 to 3 weeks of using this medication, with full effect after 8 to 10 weeks of treatment.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use Stievamycin?

Tretinoin - erythromycin topical should be applied once daily (preferably at bedtime) to lightly cover the areas being treated. Your doctor may suggest that you apply this medication every other day for the first few weeks of treatment. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying this medication.

The area of application should be thoroughly cleansed with a mild soap and water and patted dry with a soft towel. Apply a small amount on your fingertip and spread it on the skin where acne lesions appear. Use only enough medication to cover the affected areas lightly. You may feel a warm or stinging sensation briefly after applying. In the morning wash your face using a mild soap.

Keep the medication away from the corners of the nose, mouth, eyes, and mucous membranes. Avoid applying excess amounts as the medication may run into the eyes and other areas that should be avoided. Avoid areas of the skin where you have other problems such as eczema, severely inflamed skin, or open skin lesions. After you wash your skin in the morning, it is recommended that you apply a moisturizer or a moisturizer with sunscreen that will not aggravate your acne. If you experience severe inflammation you should stop using the product.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss an application, skip the missed application and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double amount to make up for a missed application. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. Gel products are flammable and should be kept away from heat or flame.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Stievamycin come in?

Stievamycin Mild Gel
Each g of gel contains tretinoin USP 0.01% and erythromycin USP 4.0% in an alcohol gel base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: BHT, ethyl alcohol, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.

Stievamycin Gel
Each g of gel contains tretinoin USP 0.025% and erythromycin USP 4.0% in an alcohol gel base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: BHT, ethyl alcohol, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.

Stievamycin Forte Gel
Each g of gel contains tretinoin USP 0.05% and erythromycin USP 4.0% in an alcohol gel base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: BHT, ethyl alcohol, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.

Who should NOT take Stievamycin?

Do not use erythromycin - tretinoin if you:

  • are allergic to tretinoin, other retinoids, erythromycin, or to any of the ingredients of the medication.
  • are pregnant

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