Ocu-Mycin

Name: Ocu-Mycin

Ocu-Mycin Drug Class

Ocu-Mycin is part of the drug classes:

  • Other aminoglycosides

  • Other antibiotics for topical use

Who should not use Ocu-Mycin (gentamicin ophthalmic)?

Do not use gentamicin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only.

It is not known whether gentamicin ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Do not use gentamicin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether gentamicin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use gentamicin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

Ocu-Mycin (gentamicin ophthalmic) side effects

Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with this medication.

Commonly, some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Ocu-Mycin (gentamicin ophthalmic)?

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with gentamicin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with gentamicin ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Uses For Ocu-Mycin

Gentamicin belongs to the family of medicines called antibiotics. Gentamicin ophthalmic preparations are used to treat infections of the eye.

Gentamicin is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Precautions While Using Ocu-Mycin

If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

Ocu-Mycin Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common
  • Itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine
  • redness of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
Rare
  • Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; or unusual bleeding or swelling
  • blurred vision, eye pain, sensitivity to light, and/or tearing
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • hallucinations

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Burning or stinging

After application, eye ointments usually cause your vision to blur for a few minutes.

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to gentamicin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included burning and irritation upon administration, nonspecific conjunctivitis, conjunctival hyperemia, and conjunctival epithelial defects.[Ref]

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects have rarely included thrombocytopenic purpura.[Ref]

Psychiatric

Psychiatric side effects have rarely included hallucinations.[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported.[Ref]

Other

Other side effects have included the development of fungal and bacterial corneal ulcers during therapy.[Ref]

Some side effects of Ocu-Mycin may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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