GENERIC NAME: GENTAMICIN - OTIC DROPS (jen-tuh-MY-sin)
USES: This medication is an antibiotic used to treat infections of the ear (otic).
HOW TO USE: Use this as prescribed. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection. Apply drops to the ear(s) as follows: Wash hands first. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear up. Place dropper directly over the ear and administer the prescribed amount of medication. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tip of the dropper or let the dropper touch the inside of the ear. Keep the head tilted for several minutes. Do not use this medication for longer than directed or use more than recommended.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may temporarily sting when first applied. If this effect persists or worsens, inform your doctor promptly. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: hearing loss, ringing in the ear, dizziness, loss of coordination. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, redness, swelling or discharge (including ear area), trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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