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Gentamicin (On The Skin)

Gentamicin (jen-ta-MYE-sin)

Treats skin infections. Belongs to a class of drugs called aminoglycoside antibiotics.

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to gentamicin or other aminoglycoside antibiotics such as neomycin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Ointment

  • Your doctor will tell you how often to use this medicine.
  • Before applying gentamicin, wash the affected area with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
  • Put the medicine on your skin and rub in gently.
  • Use this medicine for as long as your doctor tell you. Don't stop using it, even if the infection looks better.

If a dose is missed:

  • Use the medicine as soon as possible.
  • Then go back to the usual times that you use your medicine.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store at room temperature; do not freeze.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not put anything else on the skin where you are using gentamicin unless approved by your doctor.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If your infection does not get better or gets worse while using this medicine, contact your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe skin irritation, redness or swelling that was not there before using this medicine

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild redness
  • Itching
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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