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COLISTIMETHATE is an antibiotic and it is used to treat bacterial infections.

Common side-effects

• Irritation at injected site
• Difficulty breathing
• Dizziness
• Vision problems
• Confusion

It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.


• Do not self-administer. COLISTIMETHATE will be given by registered nurse or health care professional.
• COLISTIMETHATE will be given intravenously.
• Your doctor will advise you to get laboratory tests (serology, histopathology) done before the treatment to identify causative organisms.
• Complete the full course, do not leave it in the mid-way despite symptomatic relief unless your doctor suggested to do so.
• Your doctor will monitor COLISTIMETHATE levels in the blood at regular visits to make sure that COLISTIMETHATE dose is not too high to cause adverse reactions, or too low to be effective against the bacterial infection.
• Before driving or performing any strenuous activity after taking COLISTIMETHATE make sure you are alert and normal enough to take up the above activities as this medicine may cause dizziness, confusion or vision problems.
• Always keep your doctor informed about the ongoing medications or the ones which you have taken in the past, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal medicines.


Q. How does COLISTIMETHATE work?
A. Cell walls of bacteria protect bacterial cells and they are very essential for the survival of bacteria. COLISTIMETHATE works by stopping the growth of bacteria by interfering with the formation of cell walls and thereby clears infection.

A. Yes, COLISTIMETHATE is safe when used in prescribed doses but children and adults with kidney problems are usually given lower doses.

Q. Can I take oral typhoid vaccine with COLISTIMETHATE?
A. No, you are advised not to take oral typhoid vaccine with COLISTIMETHATE because COLISTIMETHATE may decrease the effectiveness of the vaccine. So, you are recommended to check with your doctor before taking any medicines.

Q. Does COLISTIMETHATE treat fungal infections?
A. No, COLISTIMETHATE does not treat fungal infections because COLISTIMETHATE is a member of a broad-spectrum bactericides (kills bacteria), so it is only used to treat bacterial infections.

Q. Can I take COLISTIMETHATE infusion and inhalation at same time?
A. No, you are recommended not to take COLISTIMETHATE infusion and inhalation at same time because combination of both can increase the risk of side effects.