colistimethate - injection, Coly-Mycin M (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by a health care professional. It may be injected into a vein over 3 to 5 minutes or mixed in a solution and given slowly into a vein over 22 to 23 hours. Colistimethate may also be injected into a muscle. Health care professionals must follow all the manufacturer's instructions for properly mixing and giving this drug. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If you have any questions about using this medication properly, consult your doctor or pharmacist.The dosage, how often the drug is given, and length of treatment depends on your medical condition and response to treatment.Continue to use this medication until you have received the full amount prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, and pain/redness/swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as confusion, drowsiness, or irritability), numbness/tingling (especially around the lips), strange feeling on the skin of legs/arms, difficulty walking, unsteadiness, slow/shallow breathing, dizziness/feeling of spinning, unexplained fever, slurred speech, muscle weakness, change in the amount of urine, red/pink urine.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new infection. Tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms of a new infection (e.g., white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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