What is this medication for?
Gentamicin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. It is used to treat eye infections 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 this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
Eye drops: The usual recommended dose is 1 to 2 drops into the affected eye every 4 hours or as directed by your doctor. More frequent use may be recommended in certain situations, such as to treat eye ulcers.
Eye ointment: Apply a small amount to the affected areas 2 to 3 times daily or as directed by the doctor. If eye drops are used during the day, the ointment can be used at bedtime to continue treatment during the night.
To avoid possible contamination of the drops or ointment, do not touch the dropper tip or the ointment tube tip to any surface.
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 take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 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 this medication at or below room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use gentamicin eye preparations if you are allergic to gentamicin or any ingredients of the medication.