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Gentamicin Topically

Generic name: gentamicin topical [JEN-ta-MYE-sin-TOP-ik-al]
Brand names: G Myticin, Garamycin Topical
Topical cream (0.1%) and topical ointment (0.1%)
Topical antibacterial

What is Gentamicin Topically?

Gentamicin, an antibacterial, is used to fight bacteria. Gentamicin Topical (for application on the skin) treats skin infections caused by bacteria. Gentamicin topical can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Gentamicin Topical

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.If you notice any of the following symptoms: swelling, warmth, redness, or oozing, call your doctor immediately.

Side effects of gentamicin cream include:

  • Itching
  • Skin redness.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Warnings

Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, your allergies, and the medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to gentamicin, do not use the topical. Gentamicin should not be used by children younger than one year of age.

How to take Gentamicin Topically?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all instructions on the label. Follow the directions on the label. Prior to applying gentamicin topical, wash and dry the affected skin thoroughly. Wash the crusts off your infected skin. The medicine will penetrate the infection better.

Gentamicin topical can be applied to the affected areas. If desired, cover the skin with gauze. Avoid spreading infection by keeping your skin and hands clean. Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for skin and structure infections:

Apply a small amount to the lesions topically, 3 to 4 times a day.

Comments:
Apply the cream or ointment gently.
If desired, the area may be covered in gauze.
In the treatment of Impetigo contagiosa, the crusts must be removed before the application of the drug. This will allow maximum contact between the antibiotic and the infection.Uses: To treat primary skin infections, such as impetigo, superficial folliculitis, and furunculosis; to treat secondary skin infections, such as infected seborrhoeic and contact dermatitis (including poison ivy), infected excoriations, and bacterial superinfections.

The usual paediatric dose for skin and structure infections:

More than 1 year: Apply topically a small amount to lesions three to four times per day.

Comments:
Apply the cream or ointment gently.
If desired, the area may be covered in gauze.
In the treatment of impetigo contagious, it is important to remove the crusts prior to applying this medication to ensure maximum contact between the antibiotic and the infection.Uses: To treat primary skin infections, such as impetigo, superficial folliculitis (e.g., ecthyma), furunculosis (sycosis), ecthyma (ecthyma), pustular and pustular psoriasis (e.g., pustular acne), infected contact dermatitis (including poison ivy), and infected excoriations.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are close to your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of gentamicin are not dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, call 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care.

Avoid this

If your doctor prescribes any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drugs

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied to your skin. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins and herbal remedies.