Gentamicin Ophthalmic

Generic Name: Gentamicin

  • What is Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    Gentamicin ointment and gentamicin solution are medicines used to treat bacterial infections in your eyes.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    If you use gentamicin for a long period of time, it can lead to growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of gentamicin.

    If you experience a discharge of pus, worsening inflammation or pain, allergic reactions, or irritation, stop using gentamicin and contact your doctor.

    Gentamicin ointment may delay the healing of your eyes.

  • Who should not take Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    Do not use gentamicin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with gentamicin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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.

    Gentamicin Ointment

    Adults: Apply about 1/2 inch of the ointment to the affected eye(s) 2-3 times a day.

    Gentamicin Solution

    Adults: Apply 1-2 drops of the solution into the affected eye(s) every 4 hours. Your doctor may give you a higher dose depending on the severity of your infection.

  • How should I take Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    Apply gentamicin as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    Do not touch the tip of the container to the eye, eyelids, or any other surface.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    No significant interactions have been reported with gentamicin at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    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, burning of the eyes, hallucinations, irritation of the eyes, pink eye, redness of the eyes

  • Can I receive Gentamicin Ophthalmic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of gentamicin 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 Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    If you miss a dose of gentamicin, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Gentamicin Ophthalmic?

    Store the ointment at room temperature.

    Refrigerate or store the solution at room temperature. Do not expose the solution to excessive heat.