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Gentamicin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. It is used to treat infections of the eye or ear that are caused by certain bacteria.
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Gentamicin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. It is used to treat infections of the eye or ear that are caused by certain bacteria. It works by blocking the metabolism of the bacteria and this then kills the bacteria.
Your doctor may have suggested Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Eye drops: The usual recommended dose is 2 drops into the affected eye 3 or 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. More frequent dosing may be used in certain situations, such as treating eye ulcers.
Eye ointment: Apply a thin film to the affected area 3 or 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If eye drops are used during the day, the ointment can be used at bedtime to continue treatment during the night.
Ear drops: Thoroughly clean the ear canal of wax and debris. Instill 3 or 4 drops into the affected ear 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Lie with the affected ear turned upward. Instill the solution and remain in this position for several minutes to ensure the medication reaches the ear canal.
If you wear soft contact lenses, do not wear them during treatment.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Use it for the full duration of the prescribed treatment even if the area starts to look or feel better. If you forget a dose of Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent), use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent).
Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) is available as an eye drop, an ear drop, and an eye ointment.
Do not use Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) if you are:
Do not use the ear drops if you have absent or perforated ear drums.
Do not use the eye preparations if you wear contact lenses (as with all eye preparations containing benzalkonium chloride, those using the drops should not wear soft contact lenses during treatment).
If you are applying additional medications to the area being treated, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent).
Contamination: To avoid possible contamination of the drops or ointment, do not touch the dropper tip or the ointment tube tip to any surface.
Organism overgrowth: Use of Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) occasionally allows overgrowth of microorganisms, such as fungi that are not killed by the antibiotic. If this occurs, or if irritation or sensitization to any of the components of this preparation develops, contact your the doctor.
Pregnancy: Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of Sandoz Gentamicin Otic (Gentamicin-eent) for children under the age of 6 years have not been established.
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