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    Colistimethate Sodium

    Information about Colistimethate Sodium

    Colistimethate sodium uses

    Colistimethate Sodium is used in the treatment of severe bacterial infections.

    How colistimethate sodium works

    Colistimethate Sodium is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by destroying the bacterial cell membrane.

    Common side effects of colistimethate sodium

    Neurotoxicity, Kidney damage, Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
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    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    MDS (Oral Pathology & Microbiology), BDS
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    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    24 May 2019 | 10:57 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Colistimethate Sodium

    • Colistimethate Sodium is an antibiotic that is usually only given in the hospital for serious infections.
    • It is given by injection or drip (infusion) into a vein usually over 30-60 minutes.
    • Finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect. Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
    • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor the level of the medicine in your blood.

    Frequently asked questions for Colistimethate Sodium

    Colistimethate Sodium

    Q. What if I don't get better after using Colistimethate Sodium?

    Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

    Q. Can I stop taking Colistimethate Sodium when I feel better?

    No, do not stop taking Colistimethate Sodium and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Content on this page was last updated on 24 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)