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Frequently Asked Questions
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Gentamicin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria.
Gentamicin topical (for use on the skin) is used to treat skin infections caused by bacteria.
Gentamicin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to gentamicin.
Gentamicin is not approved for use by anyone younger than 1 year old.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Before you apply gentamicin topical, wash and thoroughly dry the infected skin.
Gently wash away any crusts from the infected skin. This will help the medicine better penetrate the infection more easily
Apply a small amount of gentamicin topical to the affected area.
Cover the skin with a gauze dressing if desired.
Keep your hands and skin clean to avoid further infection.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.
An overdose of gentamicin topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have signs of a new skin infection--swelling, warmth, redness, or oozing.
Common side effects may include:
- itching; or
- skin redness.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about gentamicin topical.
|Generic Examples||Supplied As||Strength|
|Gentamicin Sulfate||Vial With Threaded Port||100Mg/10Ml60 Mg/6 Ml|
|Vial||40 Mg/Ml20 Mg/2 Ml|
|Gentamicin Sulfate, Injectable||Vial||20 Mg/2 Ml40 Mg/Ml|
|Gentamicin Sulfate, Ophthalmic||Drops||0.30%|
|Gentamicin Sulfate, Topical||Cream||0.10%|