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Gentamicin is a type of antibiotic medication that is used to treat bacterial infections in the eye. It belongs to the aminoglycoside class of antibiotics and works by killing or slowing the growth of bacteria.
The primary purpose of Gentamicin Ophthalmic is to treat various bacterial infections that affect the eye and its surrounding structures. These infections can include conjunctivitis, blepharitis, and other types of eye infections that are caused by bacteria.
Gentamicin does not work against infections caused by viruses or fungi. It is specifically designed to target and treat bacterial infections.
Gentamicin ophthalmic is available in two forms: eye drops and ointment. This allows for direct application to the affected area, providing targeted treatment with a reduced risk of the side effects that can come with oral antibiotics. The drops or ointment are applied directly to the eye, where the medication works to kill the bacteria causing the infection.
In the United States, gentamicin is available under the following brand names:
- Garamycin Ophthalmic
Gentamicin Ophthalmic Side Effects
Common side effects associated with gentamicin may include:
- Milt eye irritation
- Blurred vision
More serious side effects which should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately may include:
- Severe burning in the eyes
- Strong stinging feeling in the eyes
- Severe eye irritation
- Pain, swelling, or severe discomfort in the eyes
- Higher sensitivity to light
- Muscle weakness
Get emergency help as soon as you have any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, or throat.
The above lists of possible side effects associated with gentamicin are not exhaustive and other side effects may occur. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking gentamicin, it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away.
How to Use Gentamicin?
Use gentamicin ophthalmic as directed by your doctor. The exact dosage and frequency of use will depend on the severity of your infection and your overall health.
It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and schedule for optimal effectiveness of the medication. Make sure to complete the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms improve before the course is finished. This will help ensure that all bacteria are completely eradicated and reduce the risk of the infection returning.
If you are unsure about how to use the medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist for proper administration techniques.
Some general tips and guidelines for using gentamicin ophthalmic include:
- Before touching the eye drops or your eyes, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
- Ensure the dropper tip is not chipped or cracked and that it doesn’t touch anything, including your eye, to avoid contamination.
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper above the eye, look up, and gently squeeze out the prescribed number of drops into the lower eyelid pocket.
- Close your eyes for two or three minutes. Gently press on the inner corner of your eye (near the nose) for about a minute to prevent the drop from draining into your tear duct.
- If any drops spill onto your skin, wipe them away with a clean tissue. Avoid rubbing your eyes.
- Put the cap back on the dropper bottle and tighten it.
For eye ointment:
- Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Ensure the tip of the tube is clean and not damaged.
- Just like with the drops, tilt your head back and pull down your lower eyelid.
- Squeeze a small strip of ointment (about 1/4 inch or 6 millimeters) into the lower eyelid. Be careful not to let the tube touch your eye or eyelashes.
- Gently close your eyes and roll your eyeballs in all directions to spread the ointment evenly.
- Use a clean tissue to wipe any excess ointment from around your eye.
- Securely replace the cap on the ointment tube.
- Always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding dosage and duration of use.
- Do not touch the dropper tip or ointment tube tip to any surface, including your eye.
- If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should remove them before application and wait for a specific time before reinserting them.
- Never share your eye drops or ointment with anyone else.
- Store the medication as directed, usually away from light and moisture, and do not freeze.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gentamicin
Can You Get Gentamicin Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, you can’t get gentamicin over-the-counter (OTC). Gentamicin is a prescription antibiotic, so it can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.
Can You Get an Online Prescription for Gentamincin From DrHouse?
Yes, you can receive an online prescription for Gentamicin ophthalmic solution from DrHouse. Our licensed physicians are able to conduct virtual consultations and prescribe Gentamicin ophthalmic solution if deemed appropriate after reviewing your medical history and current condition.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.