gentamicin w/betamethasone eye-ear drops (cont.)
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may temporarily sting or burn for a minute or two when first applied. If this continues or becomes bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: a skin rash, burning/irritation/swelling/itching/redness/pain in or around the eyes or ears. If using for your eyes, notify your doctor of: vision changes. If using for your ears, 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. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: other infections or diseases, other eye/ear problems, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: ruptured eardrum. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you use, especially of: other eye/ear medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
NOTES: If the condition for which this was prescribed does not improve or becomes worse after a few days, consult your doctor. If using this medication for more than 5 to 7 days, your hearing should be checked by your doctor. Continued testing may also be needed if your treatment continues.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered; do not apply it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: This medication may require refrigeration. Check with your pharmacist. Discard this if the solution changes color, becomes cloudy or contains particles.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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