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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Gentamicin (Overview)

Gentamicin is an anti-bacterial which is a kind of antibiotic and antimicrobial.


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What is gentamicin sulfate ointment typically prescribed for?

What is gentamicin sulfate ointment typically prescribed for?

Gentamycin: This is an inexpensive topical skin antibiotic that is used to kill local skin infections. It might especially be used for a bacterial called pseudomonas. Antibiotic pills are often better. If used for staph bacteria, a cream called Mupirocin is a better alternative for many patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
80 doctors shared insights

Gentamicin (Overview)

Gentamicin is an anti-bacterial which is a kind of antibiotic and antimicrobial.


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What are all the uses for gentamicin and most common?

What are all the uses for gentamicin and most common?

Mostly gram negative: Genta is active against a wide range of human bacterial infections. It covers most of gram negative bacteria including pseudomonas, proteus, serratia, and the gram-positive staphylococcus. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use gentamicin ophthalmic solution to cure a stye?

Is it safe to use gentamicin ophthalmic solution to cure a stye?

Yes - But: Always try hot compresses and eyelid scrubs with baby shampoo first, often works alone. Antibiotic drops or ointment may also be required but there are better choices that gentamicin alone- a combination antibiotic and steroid such as blephamide or tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) for example, and only on the recommendation of your eye care doctor. ...Read more

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Is gentamicin sulfate cream effective for cold sores?

Is gentamicin sulfate cream effective for cold sores?

No: Gentamicin is an antibiotic. It is only effective against certain types of bacteria. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex 1 virus. Therefore, an antiviral type of medication is required ie Denavir cream or Valtrex (valacyclovir) tablets. Both require a prescription from your physician or dentist. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to penicillin, can I safely take gentamicin? I have a heart murmur and do not want to use azithromycin any longer.

If I am allergic to penicillin, can I safely take gentamicin? I have a heart murmur and do not want to use azithromycin any longer.

Antibiotics: You should discuss your antibiotic situation with your own doctor. Penicillin allergy doesn't cross with gentamicin. Antibiotics have specific antimicrobial spectra and the 'right' antibiotic for the right bacteria needs to be chosen for the situation. ...Read more

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Gentamicin side effect on kidney?

Gentamicin side effect on kidney?

Yes: More than 10% of people who receive gentamicin will suffer some effect on the kidney which can lead to a decrease in kidney function which is usually fully reversible if the gentamicin is discontinued early enough. ...Read more

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Can there be any kidney related side effects?

Can there be any kidney related side effects?

Many medications: Antibiotics like gentamicin, vancomycin; non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (nsaids) such as aspirin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen & other types of medication such as Methotrexate can cause all cause kidney damage & add to any pre-existing damage. Some can cause kidney stones when improperly used like diuretics-lasix or chlorthiazides, excess laxative use, antacids like magnesium triplicate & others. ...Read more