Generic Name(s): gentamicin ophthalmic
Drug Class: aminoglycoside antibiotics
Treats: bacterial eye infections
Gentacidin is used to treat patients who have been diagnosed with bacterial infections of the eye. It does not address infections caused by viruses or those caused by fungi. A generic version is available. However, both brand and generic versions require a doctor's prescription. This medication is available as an ophthalmic solution as well as injection.
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Gentacidin is a drug used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes, including ailments such as blepharitis and conjunctivitis. Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Patients who have blepharitis may have itchy eyelids or crusty scales.
Conjunctivitis is commonly known as 'pinkeye.' Pinkeye is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid. This medication kills the bacteria by affecting the production of certain proteins and is responsible for causing the infection. Therefore, if the patient's condition worsens, they should contact their doctor.
- bacterial eye infection
- prevent infection after eye surgery
Gentacidin dosage is completely dependent on the individual who takes it as it can be used for a variety of different treatments. Note that the amount of Gentacidin depends on the amount of times you plan on taking each day.
Directions for applying eye-drop solution:
- Adults: Wash hands first before applying eye drops. Tilt head back, pull down the lower eyelid and hold ropper directly over the eye and place one drop into eye as directed by your doctor. Look downward, gently close your eye and place one finger near the corner of the eye. Apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes before opening your eyes. Repeat for other eye if necessary.
Gentacidin Side Effects
Gentacidin, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Gentacidin Effects:
- eye stinging
- temporary blurry vision
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- severe allergic reactions (rash/hives or swelling of the face/tongue)
- easy bruising/bleeding
- mental or mood changes
- severe dizziness
Below you will find a list of Gentacidin drug and substance interactions. In many cases, Gentacidin should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult with your doctor before taking any new medications.
Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Gentacidin.
For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, notify your doctor before taking this medication as it may pose some risk to the developing fetus of toddler.
Drugs that interact with Gentacidin:
- aminoglycoside antibiotics (including tobramycin)
Notify your doctor if you begin to develop signs of illness.