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What is Gentamicin used for?

Gentamicin is an ophthalmic solution used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes such as keratitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, and so on. This eye drops belongs to the family of medicines called antibiotics. It works by killing the bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Gentamicin?

The dosage of Gentamicin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Gentamicin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Gentamicin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Gentamicin?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Gentamicin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Gentamicin?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Gentamicin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Gentamicin?

Like other medicines, Gentamicin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Gentamicin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Gentamicin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Gentamicin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Gentamicin can cause side effects such as eye burning, itching, stinging, irritation, redness, and blurred vision. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Gentamicin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Gentamicin?

Is it possible for me to apply Gentamicin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Gentamicin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Gentamicin?
How will Gentamicin work in my body?
How should Gentamicin be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Gentamicin drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Gentamicin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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