gentamicin - topical, Garamycin
GENERIC NAME: GENTAMICIN - TOPICAL (JEN-ta-MYE-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Garamycin
USES: This medication is used to treat minor skin infections (such as impetigo, folliculitis) or minor infections related to some skin conditions (such as eczema, psoriasis, minor burns/cuts/wounds). Gentamicin works by stopping the growth of certain bacteria. It belongs to a class of drugs known as aminoglycoside antibiotics.Gentamicin cream is usually used for wet, oozing, greasy types of skin infections. Gentamicin ointment helps to keep moisture in the skin, so it is usually used for dry types of skin infections.This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for virus or fungus infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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