gentamicin, topical

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Is gentamicin-topical available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for gentamicin-topical?


What are the uses for gentamicin-topical?

Topical gentamicin is used for treating skin infections caused by susceptible bacteria.

What are the side effects of gentamicin-topical?

Topical gentamicin causes few side effects.

Reported side effects include:

What is the dosage for gentamicin-topical?

Topical gentamicin is applied to the affected area 3 to 4 times daily.

Which drugs or supplements interact with gentamicin-topical?

There are no drug interactions reported for topical gentamicin.

Is gentamicin-topical safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Topical gentamicin has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women.
  • Topical gentamicin is excerpted in breast milk, but adverse effects are not expected in the infant.

What else should I know about gentamicin-topical?

What preparations of gentamicin-topical are available?

Cream or Ointment: 1%

How should I keep gentamicin-topical stored?

Store topical gentamicin at room temperature between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).


Topical gentamicin (Garamycin has been discontinued) is a broad spectrum aminoglycoside antibiotic prescribed to treat a variety of skin infections caused by susceptible bacteria (for example, impetigo, folliculitis, eczema, psoriasis, and minor burns, cuts, or wounds). Common side effects of gentamicin include:

Drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety should be reviewed prior to using this medication.

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