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Gentamicin topical Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 18, 2022.

For the Consumer

Applies to gentamicin topical: topical cream, topical ointment

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, gentamicin topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking gentamicin topical:

Less common

  • Itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to gentamicin topical: topical cream, topical ointment


Side effects reported with use of this drug have included photosensitivity, erythema, and pruritus.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Erythema, pruritus[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Photosensitivity[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Gentamicin Sulfate, Topical (gentamicin topical)." Perrigo (formerly Clay-Park Laboratories Inc), Bronx, NY.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.