What is Garamycin Ophthalmic?

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye.

Garamycin Ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye.

Garamycin Ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Health Benefits

Garamycin Ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye.

Side Effects

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye.

Common side effects may include:

irritation or burning of the treated eye;

watery eyes; or

mild stinging.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

severe burning, stinging, or irritation of your eye;

increased watering of your eye; or

redness, swelling, itching, or pain in or around your eye.

Dosages

The dosage of Garamycin Ophthalmic is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria as well as to maintain the effectiveness of Garamycin Ophthalmic and other antibacterial drugs, Garamycin Ophthalmic should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.

Interactions

Some medications can interact with Garamycin Ophthalmic and should not be used at the same time. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Examples of medications that can interact with Garamycin Ophthalmic include:

other antibiotics; or

amphotericin B.

This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect Garamycin Ophthalmic. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Mechanism of Action

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye.

Garamycin Ophthalmic works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This medication will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu).

Pharmacokinetics

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye.

Garamycin Ophthalmic is absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed to various body tissues, including the eye.

The half-life of Garamycin Ophthalmic is 2-3 hours.

Alternatives to Garamycin Ophthalmic

There are many alternatives to Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) that can be used to treat bacterial infections of the eye. These include other antibiotics such as bacitracin, tobramycin, and neomycin. Speak to your healthcare provider about other options that may be available.

Clinical Trials

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye.

Garamycin Ophthalmic has been studied in clinical trials. In a clinical trial, a group of participants are given a new medical treatment, device, or drug and are then compared to another group who do not receive the treatment. Clinical trials are used to find out whether new treatments are both safe and effective.

Chemical Structure

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye.

The chemical structure of Garamycin Ophthalmic is:

CAS Registry Number: 50-02-2

Molecular Formula: C21H43N5O7S2

Molecular Weight: 515.72 g/mol

Symptoms of an Overdose

Overdose symptoms may include severe burning, stinging, and irritation of your eye.

What to Do if You Miss a Dose

If you miss a dose of Garamycin Ophthalmic, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Storage

Garamycin Ophthalmic (gentamicin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the eye. Store Garamycin Ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture.

Is bacitracin more effective than Garamycin Ophthalmic?

There is no definitive answer to this question as both antibiotics are effective against a variety of bacteria. Speak to your healthcare provider about the best option for you.