October 25, 2014
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Rovamycine

(spiramycin)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01927825 ROVAMYCINE 250 CAPSULE
01927817 ROVAMYCINE 500 CAPSULE

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

Spiramycin is an antibiotic that belongs to the class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. It is used to treat certain types of infections that are caused by bacteria. It is most commonly used to treat infections of the lung, skin, and mouth. Spiramycin is sometimes used to treat gonorrhea for people who are allergic to penicillin.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking 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 take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Rovamycine?

The usual adult dose of spiramycin is 4 to 6 capsules at 500 mg (for a daily total dosage of 2,000 mg to 3,000 mg) every 24 hours in 2 divided doses. For severe infections, the dose may be increased to 8 to 10 capsules at 500 mg (for a daily total dosage of 4,000 mg to 5,000 mg) in 2 divided doses.

For the treatment of gonorrhea, the dose is usually 8 or 9 capsules at 500 mg.

Children's doses are based on their body weight and are given 2 to 3 times a day.

Spiramycin may be taken with or without food.

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 taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take the medication for the full length of the prescription even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. 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, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

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 Rovamycine come in?

250 mg
Each orange and red capsule, imprinted "ODAN 250" in black ink, contains spiramycin 750,000 IU. Nonmedicinal ingredients: FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 28, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, sodium croscarmellose, and titanium dioxide. Tartrazine-free.

500 mg
Each blue and violet capsule, imprinted "ODAN 500" in black ink, contains spiramycin 1,500,000 IU. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C Red No. 28, D&C Red No. 33, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, sodium croscarmellose, talc, and titanium dioxide. Tartrazine-free.

Who should NOT take Rovamycine?

Spiramycin should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to spiramycin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is using it to treat meningitis

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