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Generic Name: gentamicin sulfate
Dosage Form: Cream usp, 0.1%

For Dermatologic Use Only

Not For Ophthalmic Use

Rx Only

Gentamicin Cream Description

Gentamicin Sulfate Cream is a wide spectrum antibiotic preparation for topical administration. Each gram contains Gentamicin Sulfate USP equivalent to 1 mg gentamicin base in a cream base containing stearic acid, propylene glycol monostearate, isopropyl myristate, polysorbate 40, propylene glycol, sorbitol solution and purified water with methylparaben and butylparaben as preservatives.

Gentamicin Cream - Clinical Pharmacology

Gentamicin sulfate is a wide spectrum antibiotic that provides highly effective topical treatment in primary and secondary bacterial infections of the skin. Gentamicin Sulfate Cream may clear infections that have not responded to treatment with other topical antibiotic agents. In primary skin infections such as impetigo contagiosa, treatment 3 or 4 times daily with Gentamicin Sulfate Cream usually clears the lesions promptly. In secondary skin infections, Gentamicin Sulfate Cream aids in the treatment of the underlying dermatoses by controlling the infection. Bacteria susceptible to the action of gentamicin sulfate include sensitive strains of Streptococci (group A beta-hemolytic, alpha-hemolytic), Staphylococcus aureus (coagulase positive, coagulase negative, and some penicillinase-producing strains), and the gram-negative bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Aerobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, and Kiebsiella pneumoniae.

Indications and Usage for Gentamicin Cream

Primary skin infections: Impetigo contagiosa, superficial folliculitis, ecthyma, furunculosis, sycosis barbae, and pyoderma gangrenosum. Secondary skin infections: Infectious eczematoid dermatitis, pustular acne, pustular psoriasis, infected seborrheic dermatitis, infected contact dermatitis (including poison ivy), infected excoriations, and bacterial super-infections of fungal or viral infections. Please Note: Gentamicin sulfate is a bactericidal agent that is not effective against viruses or fungi in skin infections. Gentamicin sulfate is useful in the treatment of infected skin cysts and certain other skin abscesses when preceded by incision and drainage to permit adequate contact between the antibiotic and the infecting bacteria. Good results have been obtained in the treatment of infected stasis and other skin ulcers , infected superficial burns, paronychia, infected insect bites and stings, infected lacerations and abrasions, and wounds from minor surgery. Patients sensitive to neomycin can be treated with gentamicin sulfate, although regular observation of patients sensitive to topical antibiotics is advisable when such patients are treated with any topical antibiotic. Gentamicin sulfate cream is recommended for wet, oozing primary infections, and greasy, secondary infections, such as pustular acne or infected seborrheic dermatitis. If a water-washable preparation is desired, the cream is preferable. Gentamicin sulfate cream has been used successfully in infants over one year of age, as well as in adults and children.

Contraindications

This drug product is contraindicated in individuals with a history of sensitivity to any of its components.

Precautions

The use of topical antibiotics occasionally allows overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi. If this condition occurs, or if irritation, sensitization or superinfection develops, treatment with gentamicin sulfate should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

Adverse Reactions

In patients with dermatoses treated with gentamicin sulfate, irritation (erythema and pruritis) that did not usually require discontinuance of treatment has been reported in a small percentage of cases. There was no evidence of irritation or sensitization, however, in any of these patients patch-tested subsequently with gentamicin sulfate on normal skin. Possible photosensitization has been reported in several patients but could not be elicited in these patients by reapplication of gentamicin sulfate followed by exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Gentamicin Cream Dosage and Administration

A small amount of gentamicin sulfate cream should be applied gently to the lesions three or four times daily. The area treated may be covered with a gauze dressing if desired. In impetigo contagiosa, the crusts should be removed before application of gentamicin sulfate to permit maximum contact between the antibiotic and the infection. Care should be exercised to avoid further contamination of the infected skin. Infected stasis ulcers have responded well to treatment with gentamicin sulfate under gelatin packing.

How is Gentamicin Cream Supplied

Gentamicin Sulfate Cream USP, 0.1% is supplied in 15 gram tubes NDC 0168-0071-15.

Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).

E. FOUGERA & CO.
a division of Altana Inc.
MELVILLE, NEW YORK 11747

I27115C
#294
R3/98


Gentamicin Sulfate (Gentamicin Sulfate)
PRODUCT INFO
Product Code 0168-0071 Dosage Form CREAM
Route Of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule
INGREDIENTS
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
Gentamicin Sulfate (gentamicin) Active 1 MILLIGRAM  In 1 GRAM
stearic acid Inactive  
propylene glycol monostearate Inactive  
isopropyl myristate Inactive  
polysorbate 40 Inactive  
propylene glycol Inactive  
sorbitol solution Inactive  
water Inactive  
methylparaben Inactive  
butylparaben Inactive  
IMPRINT INFORMATION
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color Score
Shape Symbol
Imprint Code Coating
Size
PACKAGING
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0168-0071-15 15 GRAM In 1 TUBE None

Revised: 08/2006

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