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Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S.—
Generic name product may be available in the U.S.
Another commonly used name is gentamycin .
Gentamicin (jen-ta-MYE-sin) belongs to the family of medicines called antibiotics. Gentamicin ophthalmic preparations are used to treat infections of the eye.
Gentamicin is available only with your doctor"s prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For ophthalmic gentamicin, the following should be considered:
Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or to any related antibiotic, such as amikacin (e.g., Amikin), gentamicin by injection (e.g., Garamycin), kanamycin (e.g., Kantrex), neomycin (e.g., Mycifradin), netilmicin (e.g., Netromycin), streptomycin, or tobramycin (e.g., Nebcin). Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives.
Pregnancy—Gentamicin ophthalmic preparations have not been shown to cause birth defects or other problems in humans.
Breast-feeding—Gentamicin ophthalmic preparations have not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.
Children—There is no specific information comparing use of this medicine in babies up to one month of age with use in other age groups.
Older adults—Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of this medicine in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Proper Use of This Medicine
For patients using the eye drop form of this medicine:
For patients using the eye ointment form of this medicine:
To help clear up your infection completely, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment , even if your symptoms have disappeared. Do not miss any doses .
Dosing—The dose of ophthalmic gentamicin will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor"s orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of ophthalmic gentamicin. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Missed dose—If you do miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Storage—To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine; redness of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; or unusual bleeding or swelling; blurred vision, eye pain, sensitivity to light, and/or tearing; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
Burning or stinging
After application, eye ointments usually cause your vision to blur for a few minutes.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
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