Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 16, 2020.
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Generic: 0.1% (15 g, 30 g)
Generic: 0.1% (15 g, 30 g)
- Antibiotic, Aminoglycoside
- Antibiotic, Topical
Interferes with bacterial protein synthesis by binding to 30S ribosomal subunit resulting in a defective bacterial cell membrane
Systemic absorption is reported following topical application to burn patients (Sawchuk 1980).
Use: Labeled Indications
Dermatologic infections: Topical treatment of superficial dermatologic infections
Hypersensitivity to gentamicin or any component of the formulation
Dermatologic infections: Topical: Apply 3 to 4 times daily to affected area
Refer to adult dosing.
Dermatologic infections: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Topical: Cream, Ointment: Apply 3 to 4 times/day to affected area (Bradley 2017)
For external use only; not for ophthalmic use. Apply gently to affected area; may cover with gauze dressing.
Store at controlled room temperature of 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F).
There are no known significant interactions.
Some penicillin derivatives may accelerate the degradation of aminoglycosides in vitro, leading to a potential underestimation of aminoglycoside serum concentration.
Frequency not defined.
Dermatologic: Erythema, pruritus
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Superinfection: Prolonged use may result in fungal or bacterial superinfection; discontinue if superinfection is noted.
• Sensitization: Topical use has been associated with local sensitization (redness, irritation); discontinue if sensitization is noted.
• Long-term use: Not intended for long-term therapy.
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to treat skin infections.
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
• Skin irritation
• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.
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