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

Upset stomach, Dizziness, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Vertigo, Rash, Fever
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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 should I tell my doctor before taking Colistimethate Sodium?

Before taking Colistimethate Sodium, you must tell your doctor if you have or ever had any problems related to your kidneys or lungs (such as asthma). Let your doctor know about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine.

Q. How is Colistimethate Sodium administered?

Colistimethate Sodium should be administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional or a doctor only and should not be self-administered. The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for and will be decided by your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit from Colistimethate Sodium.

Q. Who should not use Colistimethate Sodium?

Use of Colistimethate Sodium should be avoided in patients who are allergic to Colistimethate Sodium or any of its components. However, if you are not aware of any allergy or if you are using Colistimethate Sodium for the first time, consult your doctor.

Q. Can I take Colistimethate Sodium in pregnancy?

Enough evidence is not available to provide clarity on the use of Colistimethate Sodium in pregnancy. However, if you are pregnant or planning to conceive, consult your doctor before taking Colistimethate Sodium. You may take it only if prescribed by your doctor.

Q. Is Colistimethate Sodium safe?

Colistimethate Sodium is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.


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