Gentamicin Topical

Generic Name: Gentamicin

  • What is Gentamicin Topical?

    Gentamicin is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat bacterial skin infections. It is available in both an ointment and a cream. Gentamicin ointment helps maintain moisture and is useful in infections on dry skin that is eczematous (an inflammation or irritation of the skin) or psoriatic (immune disorder that affects the skin). Gentamicin cream helps treat wet, oozing, or greasy infections, such as pustular acne or infected seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition that affects your face and scalp).

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

    Gentamicin is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes.

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

    Gentamicin can cause skin irritation. Tell your doctor if you have redness or itching.

  • Who should not take Gentamicin Topical?

    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 Topical?

    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.

    Adults and children >1 year: Apply a small amount of ointment or cream to the affected area(s) 3-4 times a day.

  • How should I take Gentamicin Topical?

    Apply gentamicin as prescribed by your doctor. You can cover the affected areas with a gauze dressing after applying gentamicin.

  • What should I avoid while taking Gentamicin Topical?

    Do not use gentamicin in your eyes.

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

    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 Topical?

    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: skin irritation (such as itching or redness), sun allergy

  • Can I receive Gentamicin Topical 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 Topical?

    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 Topical?

    Store at room temperature.