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Gentamicin topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to gentamicin topical: topical cream, topical ointment

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by gentamicin topical. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when 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

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have rarely included photosensitization.[Ref]

Photosensitization reactions could not be elicited with topical application of gentamicin followed by exposure to ultraviolet radiation in patients who reported prior possible photosensitivity reactions with gentamicin topical.[Ref]

Local

Local irritation reported by patients with dermatoses treated with gentamicin topical generally did not require discontinuation of treatment. The same patient population failed to show signs of irritation or sensitization following patch testing with gentamicin topical on patches of normal skin.[Ref]

Local side effects associated with the treatment of dermatoses have rarely included irritation (erythema and pruritus).[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Garamycin Topical (gentamicin topical)." Schering Corporation, Kenilworth, NJ.

Not all side effects for gentamicin topical may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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