Coly-Mycin M

Generic Name: Colistimethate

  • What is Coly-Mycin M?

    Coly-Mycin M is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections. Coly-Mycin M is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Coly-Mycin M?

    Coly-Mycin M can cause numbness, tingling of your feet, itchiness, dizziness, or slurring of speech. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Do not drive or use hazardous machinery until you know how Coly-Mycin M affects you.

    Coly-Mycin M can cause kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function. Tell your doctor if you experience a decrease in urination.

    Muscle weakness and decreased lung function can occur while you are receiving Coly-Mycin M. Your risk can increase if you have kidney impairment or if you are taking muscle relaxants.

    Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea, although rare, may occur. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Do not treat the diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.

  • Who should not take Coly-Mycin M?

    Your doctor will not administer Coly-Mycin M to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Your doctor will not administer Coly-Mycin M to you to treat viral infections, such as the common cold or flu.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Coly-Mycin M?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Coly-Mycin M. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any kidney disease, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your weight and the severity of your infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

    Children and newborn infants: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight and the severity of their infection.

  • How should I take Coly-Mycin M?

    Your doctor will administer Coly-Mycin M to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Coly-Mycin M?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Coly-Mycin M?

    If Coly-Mycin M is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Coly-Mycin M with certain antibiotics (such as amikacin, polymyxin, sodium cephalothin, streptomycin, or tobramycin).

  • What are the possible side effects of Coly-Mycin M?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, breathing problems, decrease in urination, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, itchiness, numbness, rash, slurred speech, stomach upset, tingling of your feet and tongue

  • Can I receive Coly-Mycin M if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Coly-Mycin M during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Coly-Mycin M?

    Coly-Mycin M should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Coly-Mycin M?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.