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Colistin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and serious bacterial infections.

How it works

Colistin stops the growth of bacteria that cause infections.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nephrotoxicity, Neurotoxicity, Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand), Acute tubular necrosis, Confusion, Dizziness, Muscle weakness, Renal injury, Respiratory distress, Secondary infections, Visual impairment, Vomiting

Available Medicine

  • ₹33 to ₹65
    Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹2541
    Cipla Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹749 to ₹1518
    La Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹836 to ₹3950
    Alkem Laboratories Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹767 to ₹1315
    Lupin Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹790 to ₹2220
    Zuventus Healthcare Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹785 to ₹2000
    Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹38 to ₹52
    Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹1449
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹37 to ₹47
    Indi Pharma
    2 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • You may be regularly monitored for serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen while on colstin treatment.
  • Use with caution if you have porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects kidney) or kidney disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is colistin an antibiotic / a bactericidal?
Yes colistin is an antibiotic with bactericidal action
Q. Is colistin broad spectrum antibiotic?
No, colistin belongs to a class of drugs called polymyxin antibiotic
Q. Does colistin cover pseudomonas?
Yes, colistin is effective against pseudomonas.

Content on this page was last updated on 14 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)