Garamycin Ophthalmic, Genoptic, Gentacidin, Gentak, |Garamycin Ophthalmic
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Generic Name: gentamicin ophthalmic (jen ta MYE sin)
What is gentamicin ophthalmic?
Gentamicin ophthalmic is an antibiotic.
Gentamicin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.
Gentamicin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about gentamicin ophthalmic?Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down your tear ducts.
Who should not use gentamicin ophthalmic?Do not use gentamicin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only. It is not known whether gentamicin ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Do not use gentamicin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether gentamicin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use gentamicin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use gentamicin ophthalmic?
Use gentamicin ophthalmic eyedrops or ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using the eyedrops or ointment.
To apply the eyedrops:
To apply the ointment:
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, wash the eye with water and call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops or ointment have been ingested, drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.
What should I avoid while using gentamicin ophthalmic?Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Gentamicin ophthalmic may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with gentamicin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Gentamicin ophthalmic side effects
Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with this medication.
Commonly, some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use gentamicin ophthalmic and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.
What other drugs will affect gentamicin ophthalmic?Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with gentamicin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with gentamicin ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Gentamicin ophthalmic is available with a prescription under several brand and generic names as a solution and as an ointment. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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