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Polymyxin B

Information

Uses

Polymyxin B is used in the treatment of bacterial infections

How it works

Polymyxin B stops the growth of bacteria that cause infections.

Common side effects

Nephrotoxicity, Neurotoxicity, Anaphylactic reaction, Shortness of breath, Exanthema, Fever, Increased white blood cell count (eosinophils), Tachycardia, Urticaria

Available Medicine

  • ₹1400
    Bharat Serums & Vaccines Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹1566
    Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹1644
    United Biotech Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹750
    Celon Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹1500
    Molekule India Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹1404
    Astrum Healthcare Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹1789
    Fusion Healthcare Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • The injectable form of this drug is given only to hospitalized patients and under medical supervision.
  • You may get diarrhea after taking the injection. This usually settles as the course id completed. Consult your doctor if the diarrhea persists or worsens.
  • Consult your doctor if you get watery or bloody stools after completing the course.
  • Do not take polymyxin B if you are allergic to polymyxin B or any of the other ingredients of the drops or ointment.
  • Do baseline kidney function test before starting the medicine.
  • Consult your doctor before taking polymyxin B eye ointment/ drops: If you are taking herbal drugs or eye drops. If you are applying any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or steroids. If you wear contact lenses. If you have thinning of the eye tissue. If you have diabetes.
  • Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should consult the doctor on taking this medication.
  • Eye pressure should be regularly checked in patients taking the eye ointment /drops especially in children.
  • Do not drive or use machines immediately after using the drops/ointment  as it may cause blurred vision.
  • If you wear contact lenses, then remove them before applying the drops/ointment  and wear them only after 15 min.

Frequently asked questions

Polymyxin B

Q.

Is polymyxin B an antibiotic/sulpha drug/penicillin?
Polymyxin B belongs to a class of medication called antibiotics. It is not a sulpha drug/penicillin

Q.

Is polymyxin B bacteriostatic or bacteriocidal?
Polymyxin B is bactericidal i.e. it kills bacteria

Q.

Does Polymyxin B expire?
Polymyxin B does expire and should not be used beyond the expiry date

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Does polymyxin B treat pink eye or conjunctivitis?
Polymyxin B is not used to treat pink eye or conjunctivitis

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Does it treat sties?
It is not used for the treatment of sties in the eyes

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Is polymyxin B safe for infants?
It is not considered to be safe for infants.


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