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WHY is this medicine prescribed?
Ophthalmic gentamicin is used to treat certain eye infections. Gentamicin is in a class of medications called antibiotics. It works by killing the bacteria that cause infection.
HOW should this medicine be used?
Ophthalmic gentamicin comes as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eyes and as an eye ointment to apply to the eyes. The eye drops are usually instilled every 4 to 8 hours and the eye ointment is usually applied two to four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand. Use gentamicin eye drops or eye ointment exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To instill the eye drops, follow these steps:
To apply the eye ointment, follow these steps:
Are there OTHER USES for this medicine?
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?
Before using gentamicin eye drops or eye ointment,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to gentamicin, other antibiotics, or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other eye medications, and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using gentamicin, call your doctor immediately.
- you should know that your vision may be blurred during your treatment with gentamicin ophthalmic ointment. Avoid rubbing your eyes even if your vision is blurred. Do not drive a car or operate machinery if you are unable to see clearly.
- tell your doctor if you wear soft contact lenses. You should not wear contact lenses while you have an eye infection.
What should I do IF I FORGET to take a dose?
Instill or apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill or apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?
Gentamicin eye drops or eye ointment may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- eye irritation, burning, or stinging
- swelling of the eye
What should I know about STORAGE and DISPOSAL of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the gentamicin eye drops or eye ointment, call your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
®(as a combination product containing Gentamicin, Prednisolone)
- Also available generically
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