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    Polymyxin B

    Information about Polymyxin B

    Polymyxin b uses

    Polymyxin B is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How polymyxin b works

    Polymyxin B is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by destroying the bacterial cell membrane.

    Common side effects of polymyxin b

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

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    Expert advice for Polymyxin B

    • 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 for Polymyxin B

    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

    Q. Does Polymyxin B treat pink eye or conjunctivitis?

    Polymyxin B is not used to treat pink eye or conjunctivitis

    Q. Does it treat sties?

    It is not used for the treatment of sties in the eyes

    Q. Is Polymyxin B safe for infants?

    It is not considered to be safe for infants.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 June, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)