Natamycin

Description

Natamycin is an antifungal medicine used to treat fungal infections of the eyelids, conjunctiva, and cornea. This medicine is not recommended for use in children.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Natamycin

  • Redness of the eye
  • Eye swelling
  • Eye irritation
  • Changes in vision

Uses of Natamycin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Fungal Keratitis
  • Fungal Blepharitis
  • Fungal Conjunctivitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Natamycin or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Prolonged therapy

If there is no clinical improvement of the condition after 7 to 10 days of administration of this medicine, it suggests that the infection may be caused by a microorganism not susceptible to this medicine. Proper clinical evaluation and laboratory tests should be performed in such cases for the continuation of the therapy.

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause blurred vision in some patients. If you experience blurred vision during treatment with this medicine, it is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery until your vision is clear.

Missed Dose

Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine destroys the fungal cell membrane and results in fungal death.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Ophthalmic anti-infectives

Schedule

Schedule H

DailyMed - NATACYN - natamycin suspension/ drops [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=d262661c-860d-482e-aa8d-3cf1f252b32a

[Internet]. Pharma.us.novartis.com. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/natacyn.pdf

[Internet]. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2008/050514s009lbl.pdf

Natamycin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00826

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Information on this page was last updated on 10 Jun 2019

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