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Natamycin

Molecule Description

Natamycin is an antifungal agent used for the treatment of eye infections. It is used for local application.

Uses of Natamycin

The treatment of vaginal irritation and discharge due to monilial, trichomonas infections.

Contraindications of Natamycin

When should one not use Natamycin

Do not take if you are allergic to Natamycin or any ingredient of this medicine.

Side effects of Natamycin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Allergic reaction like skin rash, swelling of face, lips and tongue
  • Double vision
  • Eye discomfort or itching
  • Severe burning or swelling of eyelids
  • Chest pain
  • Watering of eyes

Precautions and Warnings of Natamycin

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Natamycin during pregnancy?
A:
It is unclear whether the use of this medicine is safe during pregnancy. Take only when prescribed by your doctor.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Natamycin while breastfeeding?
A:
No relevant information found. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Natamycin?
A:
This medicine may cause blurring of vision for a short time just after its use. Do not drive until you have a clear vision.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Natamycin?
A:
No information is available on interactions of Natamycin when taken with alcohol, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis and keratitis
  • You have to maintain a good hygiene when suffering from eye infections
  • It is advised wash your hands properly before instilling the eye drops

Mode of Action of Natamycin

How Does It Work?

Natamycin inhibits the fungal growth by binding to sterols in the fungal cell membrane. It breaks open the fungal cell membrane, thus killing the fungal infection.

Interactions of Natamycin

Interactions with other medicines

Corticosteroid can severely increase the spread of infection and should be avoided while on Natamycin.

Interactions with food items

No interactions with food are seen as this medicine is taken locally as eye drops.

Dietary Restrictions of Natamycin

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Natamycin, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dosage of Natamycin

Overdose

Seek medical attention in case of an overdose. Overdose symptoms are not clearly reported.

Missed a Dose

Do not use the medicine twice if you have missed a usage; use the eye drops as soon as you remember.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Natamycin?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history to the doctor.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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