HEALTH GUIDE REFERENCE FROM A.D.A.M
Colistimethate Sodium (koe-lis-ti-METH-ate SOE-dee-um)
Treats infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is an antibiotic.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to colistimethate.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using muscle relaxants, or other antibiotics such as kanamycin, streptomycin, dihydrostreptomycin, polymyxin, neomycin, Amidin®, or Garamycin®.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease.
- Sometimes a doctor will tell a patient to breathe in this medicine through a nebulizer. The medicine should be mixed right before you put it in the nebulizer for a breathing treatment. Throw away any leftover liquid medicine not used. In a nebulizer, do not use pre-mixed liquid medicine that has been stored. If your pharmacy gave you pre-mixed liquid medicine, throw it away. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for instructions.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Decrease in how much and how often you urinate.
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, tingling, or numbness in your hands or feet.
- Fever or diarrhea.
- Speech problems.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
- Stomach or body pains, or nausea.
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