Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Natamycin

Synonym(s): Pimaricin

Introduction

Name

  • Natamycin.

Class of drug

  • Polyene antibiotic.

Description

Physical properties

  • Reacts with heavy metals, eg copper.
  • May lose activity if in contact with chemicals.

Storage requirements

  • Store below 25°C protected from light and heat.
  • Due to physical properties, reconstitute in a clean galvanized or plastic container and use within 24 hours.

Uses

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Indications

  • Topical treatment of fungal infections including:
  • Fungal keratitis.
  • Otitis externa   Otitis externa  with hydrocortisone 0.5%, neomycin 1%.

Administration

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Based onSmall Animal Formulary.Tennant, Bryn (1999) 3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.

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