What is gentamicin ointment? What is gentamicin used for?

Topical gentamicin 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).

Is gentamicin available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for gentamicin?

Yes

What are the side effects of gentamicin ointment?

Topical gentamicin causes few side effects.

Reported side effects include:

What is the dosage for gentamicin ointment?

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

Which drugs or supplements interact with gentamicin ointment?

There are no drug interactions reported for topical gentamicin.

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Is gentamicin ointment 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 ointment?

What preparations of gentamicin ointment are available?

Cream or Ointment: 1%

How should I keep gentamicin ointment stored?

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

Summary

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).

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Medically Reviewed on 9/25/2019
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