GENERIC NAME: GENTAMICIN W/BETAMETHASONE EYE-EAR DROPS (jen-tuh-MY-sin/bay-tuh-METH-uh-sown)
USES: This medication contains an antibiotic which helps prevent or treat an infection and a steroid which reduces inflammation. It is used in the treatment of various eye (ophthalmic) or ear (otic) conditions.
HOW TO USE: For best effects, this medication must be used as directed, usually 3 to 4 times a day. Do not apply this more often or continue using this for longer than prescribed. Apply to the affected EYE(s) as follows: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye. Shake the container well before using. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place dropper directly over eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure for a few moments. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper. Wash hands after use. If you are using another kind of eye medication, wait at least five minutes before applying the other medications. Apply to the affected EAR(s) as follows: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear. Shake the container well before using. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear up. Place dropper directly over the ear and administer the prescribed number of drops. To help the drops roll into the ear, in adults, hold the earlobe up and back and in children, hold the earlobe down and back. Keep the head tilted for a minute. Insert a soft cotton plug loosely into the ear if directed to do so. Do not rinse the dropper. If an ear wick is being used, place the ear drops onto the wick and then place the wick in the ear as directed.
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.
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