colistimethate - injection, Coly-Mycin M (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using colistimethate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to polymyxin B or colistin; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: disease of the nerves/muscles (e.g., myasthenia gravis), kidney disease.This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects (e.g., kidney problems) while using this drug.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: drugs that can harm the kidneys/nerves (e.g., amphotericin B, sodium citrate, cephalothin, polymyxin B, vancomycin, aminoglycoside antibiotics such as gentamicin, tobramycin, paromomycin), anesthesia drugs or muscle relaxants (e.g., tubocurarine, succinylcholine, gallamine, decamethonium), live vaccines (e.g., flu vaccine inhaled through the nose, polio vaccine taken by mouth).This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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