Colistimethate is used to treat bacterial infections in your lungs.
Mix colistimethate with saline (0.9% sodium chloride) immediately before use, and inhale as directed using your nebuliser.
Discard any unused liquid or partly used vials – do not store for future use.
Colistimethate can sometimes make your breathing worse. To help stop this happening you may be given a ‘reliever’ medicine, such as salbutamol, to use before colistimethate.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and inhale your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, inhale the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not inhale two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
|Tell your doctor|
Sore throat, hoarse voice, unpleasant taste
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. August 2021
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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