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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking colistimethate (Coly Mycin M)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to colistimethate.
Before using colistimethate, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease. You may need dose adjustments or special tests during treatment.
Your doctor will tell you if any of your medication doses need to be changed.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether colistimethate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take colistimethate (Coly Mycin M)?
Colistimethate is given as an injection into a muscle or through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to inject your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
The colistimethate injection is sometimes given every 12 hours. The medication can also be mixed with a liquid in an IV bag and given as a slow infusion over a 24-hour period.
Use each disposable needle and syringe only one time. Throw away used needles and syringes in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Keep using colistimethate for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Colistimethate will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using colistimethate. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
If you store colistimethate at home, keep the medication at cool room temperature away from moisture and heat.
After colistimethate is mixed in an IV bag, it must be kept in a refrigerator and used within 7 days of mixing.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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