October 23, 2014
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Garamycin Ophthalmic/Otic Preparations

(gentamicin sulfate eye/ear preparations)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00028339 GARAMYCIN 0.3% OPHTALMIC OINTMENT
00512192 GARAMYCIN 3MG/ML OPHTALMIC SOLUTION
00512184 GARAMYCIN 3MG/ML OTIC SOLN (DROPS)

How does Garamycin Ophthalmic/Otic Preparations work? What will it do for me?

Gentamicin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. It is used to treat infections of the eye or ear that are caused by certain bacteria. It works by blocking the metabolism of the bacteria and this then kills the bacteria.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Garamycin Ophthalmic/Otic Preparations?

Eye drops: The usual recommended dose is 2 drops into the affected eye 3 or 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. More frequent dosing may be used in certain situations, such as treating eye ulcers.

Eye ointment: Apply a thin film to the affected area 3 or 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If eye drops are used during the day, the ointment can be used at bedtime to continue treatment during the night.

Ear drops: Thoroughly clean the ear canal of wax and debris. Instill 3 or 4 drops into the affected ear 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Lie with the affected ear turned upward. Instill the solution and remain in this position for several minutes to ensure the medication reaches the ear canal.

If you wear soft contact lenses, do not wear them during treatment.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Use it for the full duration of the prescribed treatment even if the area starts to look or feel better. If you forget a dose of this medication, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Garamycin Ophthalmic/Otic Preparations come in?

Ophthalmic

Drops
Each mL of sterile aqueous solution buffered to approximately pH 7 contains gentamicin sulfate USP, equivalent to 3 mg (0.3%) gentamicin base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride, purified water, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, and sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate.

Ointment
Each g of sterile ointment contains gentamicin sulfate USP, equivalent to 3 mg (0.3%) gentamicin base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: methylparaben, mineral oil, propylparaben, and white petrolatum.

Otic

Drops
Each mL of sterile aqueous solution buffered to approximately pH 7 contains gentamicin sulfate USP, equivalent to 3 mg (0.3%) gentamicin base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride, purified water, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, and sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate.

Who should NOT take Garamycin Ophthalmic/Otic Preparations?

Do not use this medication if you are:

  • allergic to gentamicin or any ingredients of the medication.

Do not use the ear drops if you have absent or perforated ear drums.

Do not use the eye preparations if you wear contact lenses (as with all eye preparations containing benzalkonium chloride, those using the drops should not wear soft contact lenses during treatment).

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