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    Brand Name:Colistimethate
    Generic:Colistimethate Sodium
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1999-02-26 ,2004-03-19 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Paddock Laboratories, Inc.
X-GEN Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
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About Colistimethate

Colistimethate is used for:

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria.

Colistimethate is an antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Side Effects of Colistimethate

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Abnormal skin sensations around the mouth;
  • dizziness;
  • itching;
  • numbness or tingling of fingers or toes;
  • slurring of speech;
  • stomach upset.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
  • black, tarry, or bloody stools;
  • decreased urination;
  • fever;
  • severe diarrhea;
  • shortness of breath;
  • stomach pain or cramps.

Who Should Not Take Colistimethate

Do NOT use Colistimethate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Colistimethate
  • you are taking sodium cephalothin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Interactions with Colistimethate

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Colistimethate . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cephalosporins (eg, sodium cephalothin) because risk of kidney problems may be increased
  • Aminoglycosides (eg, gentamicin), curariform muscle relaxants (eg, tubocurarine), decamethonium, nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, gallamine), polymyxin, sodium citrate, or succinylcholine because actions and side effects, including difficulty breathing, may be increased
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