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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Colistimethate Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(koe lis ti METH ate)

U.S. Brand Names

Coly-Mycin® M

Canadian Brand Names

Coly-Mycin® M

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Miscellaneous

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to colistimethate or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Colistimethate works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

Injection (I.M., I.V.):

• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

Oral inhalation:

• You may inhale this medicine through your mouth with a nebulizer machine.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

• Store at room temperature.

• Use prepared solution within 24 hours.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:30:26.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:27:06.0

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