What is Genticyn (Gentamicin) used for?
Genticyn Eye Drops (Gentamicin) is an ophthalmic antibiotic used to treat patients suffering from eye infections caused by bacteria. It operates by destroying or preventing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to destroy the infection naturally. Your physician my prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Genticyn (Gentamicin)?
Genticyn Eye Drops (Gentamicin) should always be used according to the instructions of your physician to get the safest and most effective results. The typical dosage is one drop administered twice daily for a cycle of medication lasting one to two weeks, but your individual directions will differ based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Wash your hands before each use to remove any dirt or contaminants. Gently shake the bottle to mix its contents and observe its contents to make sure they are not cloudy or discolored as this may indicate contamination. To use the medicine pull down the lower lid of the eye being treated, hold the bottle over the eye, and dispense one drop into the eye. Slowly close the eyelid to spread the medication and keep the eye closed for ten to fifteen seconds to allow enough time for it to be absorbed. You may be instructed to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye using one finger to prevent the solution from draining into the tear duct. Wash your hands after each application to prevent the medicine from touching any areas not being treated or mucous membranes. Never stop using the drops before being instructed to do so, even if your symptoms appear to be gone, as the infection may not be destroyed and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Always ask your physician any questions you have to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Genticyn (Gentamicin)?
Some patients using Genticyn Eye Drops (Gentamicin) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Immediately inform your physician about any symptoms you experience that are severe or intense to make sure the correct response is taken. This may include reduced dosages, frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases. Be especially cautious about any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, unusual swelling, or trouble breathing.
Remove your contact lenses before using Genticyn Eye Drops (Gentamicin) to get the most effective results from treatment. Do not use the medication if you have a viral infection or fungal infection of the eye. Also disclose if you are elderly or have decreased liver or kidney function as these conditions may require reduced dosages or other alterations to your regimen to prevent further problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Genticyn Eye Drops (Gentamicin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.