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Composition for KARGEN

Gentamicin Topical(NA)

food interaction for KARGEN

alcohol interaction for KARGEN

pregnancy interaction for KARGEN

lactation interaction for KARGEN

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
It may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The potential benefits may outweigh the risks. Please consult your doctor.
It is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Gentamicin Topical(NA)


Kargen ointment is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin such as acne, psoriasis (red, itchy, scaly patches of skin) and dermatitis (red, swollen, and sore upper layer of skin due to skin irritation). It is also used to treat impetigo contagiosa (school sores, a contagious bacterial skin infection), superficial folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles on the skin), Ecthyma (a variation of impetigo, presenting at a deeper level of tissue), sycosis barbae (bacterial infection causing inflammation of the hair follicles in the bearded area), furunculosis (frequent boils on skin) and pyoderma gangrenosum (large pus containing ulcers).

How it works

Gentamicin belongs to group of medications called as aminoglycosides. It works by interrupting bacterial protein synthesis thereby inhibiting the bacterial growth.

Common side effects

Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Itching, Skin redness


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Expert advice for KARGEN

  • Inform your doctor if you experience itching, skin rashes, swelling of face, lips, throat or difficulty in breathing.
  • Discontinue use and consult your doctor if you develop irritation, sensitization or a superinfection
  • Avoid getting this medication into your eyes, nose and mouth. If this happens wash your face thoroughly with water.
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from inflammation of the middle ear (otitis media), kidney or liver problem, open wound or damaged skin. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to gentamicin or any of its ingredients. 

Frequently asked questions for KARGEN

Gentamicin Topical

Q. Is gentamicin topical a macrolide, steroid or a sulfa drug?
Gentamicin topical does not contain sulfa and is not a macrolide, or steroidal drug. It is a broad spectrum aminoglycoside.
Q. Does gentamicin topical cause hearing loss or burn?
Yes gentamicin topical can cause hearing loss if used inappropriately. It can cause burning of eyes. 


Content on this page was last updated on 03 January, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)