polymyxin b sulfate - injection, Polymyxin B Sulfate (cont.)

USES: Polymyxin B is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections (e.g., urinary tract infections, meningitis, blood infections, eye infections). It works by killing the bacteria that cause the infection.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by a health care professional. It may be injected into a vein, muscle, or the spinal fluid or into the area around the eye (subconjunctival sac). It can also be prepared as eye drops. Injection into the muscle is not recommended because doing so can cause severe pain at the injection site. 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 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: See also Warning section.Pain, redness, and 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: slow/shallow breathing, facial flushing, dizziness, unexplained fever, muscle weakness, severe headache, stiff neck, seizures, vision changes, change in the amount of urine, red/pink urine.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new bacterial or fungal infection (opportunistic 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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