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Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment

Manufacturer: Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
Medicine composition: Gentamicin
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment helps in the treatment of a range of bacterial infections. It belongs to a group of drugs called the aminoglycoside antibiotics. The drug stops bacterial growth thus preventing or treating the infection.

The drug is mostly administered via an injection as per the doctor’s guidance. An injection may be administered after a span of 8 hours, depending on the health of the patient, age, weight, extensity of the infection and the body’s reaction to the medication. Generally certain laboratory tests, for instance a kidney function test may be done before administering the drug so as to determine the dosage that can be given. Such tests are regularly done once Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is started to check the progress of the drug and its effect on the body.

Certain common side effects of the drug include vomiting, feeling nauseous, appetite loss and stomach upset. Redness or itching at the site of the injection is very rare, if this does occur or any of the side effects worsen contact your doctor and seek relevant medical advice.

Patients should provide doctors their detailed medical history, including information about any allergies or existing health condition they suffer from before taking the injection. Especially if you suffer from medical problems like cystic fibrosis, kidney issues, Parkinson’s, or deafness inform your doctor and discuss the various possibilities of the drug use. Expecting women are also not encouraged to take this drug as it may harm the fetus. The drug is known to pass into the breast milk, but most doctors consider it safe for breast feeding mothers.

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment should be kept away from the reach of children as well as pets. In case of a missed dose, get in touch with your doctor for a new schedule. A double dosage can result in severe complications/

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

Bacteremia

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is used in the treatment of bacteremia which is an infection of the blood caused by Staphylococci and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Intraabdominal Infection

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is used in the treatment of intra-abdominal infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococci and Streptococci.

Bacterial Meningitis

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is used in the treatment of meningitis, which is an inflammation of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis.
Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is used in the treatment of bone and joint infections like Osteomyelitis caused by Staphylococci and Streptococci species.

Skin and Soft tissue infections

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is used to treat skin and soft tissue infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Pyelonephriits

Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is used in the treatment of Pyelonephritis which is a type of kidney infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Avoid if you have a known allergy to Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment or any other aminoglycosides.
In addition to its intended effect, Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Abdominal pain

Major Rare

Agitation

Major Rare

Blurred vision

Major Rare

Changes in urine frequency

Major Rare

Hearing loss

Major Rare

Dizziness when getting up suddenly from a sitting position

Major Rare

Dry mouth

Major Rare

Fast heartbeat

Major Rare

Itching or rash

Major Rare

Increased salivation

Minor Rare

Depression

Minor Rare

How long is the duration of effect?

The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 6 to 8 hours.

What is the onset of action?

The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 30 to 90 minutes for an intramuscular injection and 30 minutes after an intravenous injection.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendencies were reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Small amounts of this medicine is excreted in the human breast milk. Discuss with the doctor about benefits and risks. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea, candidiasis is necessary.

Missed Dose instructions

The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. However, the missed dose should be skipped if it is almost time for your next dose.

Overdose instructions

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.

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Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment belongs to the class aminoglycosides. It works by binding to the 30S subunit of the bacterial ribosomes thus inhibits the protein synthesis in the bacteria and stops the growth of the bacteria.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Dehydration

Major
Consume an adequate amount of water to prevent kidney injury and hearing problem. Fluid status should be monitored closely in the patients with severe diarrhea and vomiting. Frequent monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Furosemide

Major
Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment is not recommended with loop diuretics due to the increase in the risk of kidney injury and hearing problem. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines and any symptoms of hearing loss, dizziness, numbness should be reported immediately. Frequent monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Moderate
Use of Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like diclofenac, aspirin may increase the risk of kidney injury. Any symptoms of swelling, weight gain, increased thirst, changes in the frequency of urination should be reported to the doctor. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Cephalosporins

Moderate
Use of Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment with cephalosporins like ceftriaxone, cefotaxime may increase the risk of kidney injury. Any symptoms of swelling, weight gain, increased thirst, changes in the frequency of urination should be reported to the doctor. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
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Popular Questions & Answers

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I got a little scratch in my eyes by my wife's nail, There is a small red spot in the eye. It is not disturbing a lot...
if the red spot is on white portion of eye, then its not corneal abrasion,, you need to visit eye surgeon to rule out any corneal injury. till then use the drop you have mentioned 4 times a day..

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About Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment
When is Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment prescribed?
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What are the side effects of Gentamycin Sulphate Ointment ?
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