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Composition for GENTICYN HC

Gentamicin(0.3% w/v),Hydrocortisone(1% w/v)

food interaction for GENTICYN HC

alcohol interaction for GENTICYN HC

pregnancy interaction for GENTICYN HC

lactation interaction for GENTICYN HC

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Genticyn hc eye drop is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Gentamicin(0.3% w/v)


Gentamicin is used to treat certain severe and serious bacterial infections. It is effective in respiratory tract infections, blood infections, kidney or bladder infections (urinary tract infections), eye infections, ear infections, burn and wound infections, infections in new born babies, gynaecological infections, puss filled swelling (abscess), and inflammation of the inner layer of the heart (endocarditis) due to bacteria.

How it works

Gentamicin belongs to group of medicines called aminoglycosides. It works by interrupting bacterial protein synthesis and inhibits the bacterial growth.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Lip swelling, Skin rash, Joint pain, Blisters on skin, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Headache, Hoarseness of voice, Loss of appetite, Itching, Urticaria, Fatigue, Fever
Hydrocortisone(1% w/v)


It is used as a cream to treat mild to moderate inflammatory skin disorders such as mild to moderate eczema (itchy skin rash)contact dermatitis (e.g. after contact with certain plants, cosmetics, irritants like detergents), insect bite reactions. Orally it is used to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and to reduce the body's immune response. In general this drug is used to treat hormonal conditions when the body does not produce enough of its own steroids, and to treat a range of immune and allergic conditions. Hydrocortisone is used as an injection for treating various conditions such as severe allergic reactions, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain cancers, eye diseases, intestinal disorders, and skin diseases. The injectable form of hydrocortisone is used when a similar drug cannot be taken by mouth or when a very fast treatment is needed, especially in patients with severe medical conditions. This drug may also be used with other medications as a replacement for certain hormones.

How it works

Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It prevents and treats the allergic and inflammatory reactions by decreasing the number of blood cells that cause inflammation and allergy. 

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Acne, Allergic skin rash, Anxiety, Blue colour of skin, Purple colour of skin, Depression, Easy bruise, Eye pain, Fragile skin, Dizziness, Headache, Increased hair growth, Increased sweating, Insomnia, Irregular menstrual cycle, Mood changes, Muscle pain, Skin redness, Vision disorder, Weakness


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Expert advice for GENTICYN HC

It is given as a drip (intravenous infusion), as an injection directly into a vein or into a muscle; or as an ear or eye drops. Do not drive immediately after using gentamicin eyedrops because gentamicin in the eye may cause temporary  blurring of vision. Gentamicin should be used with caution in premature babies because of their kidney immaturity, and in elderly people. Gentamicin may cause damage to the kidneys and/or nerves. Consult your doctor for monitoring  Kidney function and drug levels in the blood  during treatment. Consult your doctor, if you experience hearing loss, dizziness, numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures which may be signs of nerve damage. Do not start or continue the gentamicin and consult your doctor:
  • If you have inflammation of the middle ear (otitis media), kidney or liver problem, open wound or damaged skin.
  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you experience itching, skin rashes, swelling of face, lips, throat or difficulty in breathing.

Frequently asked questions for GENTICYN HC


Q. Is gentamicin a macrolide, steroid or a sulfa drug?
Gentamicin does not contain sulfa and is not a macrolide, or steroidal drug. It is a broad spectrum aminoglycoside.
Q. Is gentamicin nephrotoxic?
Yes, gentamicin is a nephrotoxic drug. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Is gentamicin safe for babies?
Gentamicin is safe for babies if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does gentamicin cause hearing loss or burn?
Yes gentamicin can cause hearing loss if used inappropriately. It can cause burning of eyes.
Q. Is gentamicin used for pink eye?
Yes, gentamicin is used in the treatment of pink eye (conjunctivitis). Please consult your doctor before use.
Q. Does gentamicin dialyze out?
Yes, gentamicin is a dialyzable drug.
Q. What organisms does gentamicin cover?
Gentamicin is mainly effective against pseudomonas, escherichia, enterobacter, klebsiella, staphylococcus, salmonella, serratia, and shigella species but rarely effective against streptococci and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (mrsa).

Q. Does it cover anaerobes?
 It does not act against anaerobes.


Q. Is hydrocortisone safe?
Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. Hydrocortisone is safe when used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is hydrocortisone same as cortisone, cort stim, cort s?
Cort s is proprietary (brand) name of hydrocortisone injection. Cortisone is other name of hydrocortisone. Cort stim is contracted (short) form for cortisol stimulation test.
Q. Is hydrocortisone good for ringworm, cold sores, haemorrhoids, scars or burns?
No. Hydrocortisone is contraindicated in any condition where the skin is infected or inflamed.
Q. Does hydrocortisone help in eczema, acne, hives, dry skin and thrush?
Hydrocortisone relieves the itching associated with eczema and local swelling and itching associated with hives. It should not be used in acne, dry skin and thrush.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen, Tylenol or Benadryl with hydrocortisone?
NSAIDs like ibuprofen, Tylenol (acetaminophen), Benadryl (paracetamol, diphenhydramine, and phenylephrine) should not be taken if hydrocortisone is being taken orally. There is however little chance of interaction between hydrocortisone for local application and other drugs which are taken orally. Always follow the advice of the doctor regarding use of hydrocortisone ointment/cream and other medications.


Content on this page was last updated on 22 November, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)