What Gentamicin is used for:
Gentamicin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the eye. The drops can also be used to treat infections of the middle ear.
Do not use Gentamicin:
• If you’re allergic to the active substances or any other component of this medicine.
• If you have myasthenia gravis.
• In your ear if you have or suspect you have a burst ear drum, if you are being treated for a problem with your ear.
Warnings & Precautions:
Talk to your doctor about all your medical conditions before taking this medicine including:
• If you have liver or kidney problems.
Prolonged use of this medicine may lead to a second infection.
Possible Side Effects:
Stop using this product and seek immediate medical help if you develop rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this product if you experience severe eye irritation or change in eyesight
Side effects include:
• Blurred vision
• Ear damage
• Local irritation
• Second infection
• Kidney problems
Other medicines and Gentamicin:
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking.
Gentamicin may interact with the following medicines:
• Cephalosporin antibiotics
• The antifungal Amphotericin B
• Diuretics like Furosemide
• Other aminiglycosides
How to take Gentamicin:
• Use as indicated by your doctor.
• The drops can be used in the eyes or ears.
• The ointment is for the eyes only.
• For the eye, instill 1-2 drops into the affected eye every 4 hours (up to 6 times a day).
• For the ear, instill 2-3 drops 3-4 times a day and at night.
• Apply 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) 2 to 3 times daily on the lower lid.
How to store Gentamicin:
• Store at room temperature 68 to 77°F (20 to 25°C).
• Discard after 28 days of opening.
• Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date stated on the package. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Dosage form and route of administration of Gentamicin 0.03% eye ointment should be prescribed according to therapeutic indication and disease severity of each individual patient.