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Natamycin

Natamycin

History of safe use

Natamycin has a long history of safe use as a natural mold inhibitor in cheese, meat, and later, other food products. In 1967 Natamycin was approved worldwide as a food additive to be applied on the surface of (specific) cheese(s), preventing the growth of unwanted molds and yeasts. In addition, it is also permitted on the surface of specific sausages, or for use in fruit juices or pastries in some countries. In the United States and in Canada, the use of Natamycin has been allowed on shredded and grated cheeses since 1982.

Common Uses

Natamycin is used to prevent to fungus in foods. It is active against yeasts and molds, but not bacteria. This makes it convenient for use in foods that ripen after processing.

It has advantages over traditional chemical preservatives. It doesn’t affect flavour. It has less impact/dependence on the acidity of food.

It is commonly used in diary products like cottage cheese, sour cream, and yogurt. It is also used in packaged salad mixes.

It is sometimes applied to the surface of dried meats. This prevents mold growth on the casing. This use has not been approved in the United States.

Uses

Natamycin is used to treat fungal eye infections. It works by stopping the growth of certain types of fungus.This medication treats only fungal eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or misuse of any drug used to treat infection can lead to its decreased effectiveness.Natamycin is used to treat fungal eye infections. It works by stopping the growth of certain types of fungus.

This medication treats only fungal eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or misuse of any drug used to treat infection can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

Medical Uses

Natamycin is also used in medicine. It is used to treat and prevent fungal infections in eyes. People who wear contact lenses may suffer from these kinds of infections.It is used in veterinary medicine. It is rubbed on the surface of infections. Ringworm infections in cattle and horses are common applications.

Health Issues / Side Effects

  • Natamycin does not have any toxic affects.
  • Some microorganisms occur naturally in our guts. Natamycin does not appear to harm these microorganisms. However, more research may be required.1
  • There is no evidence that resistant strains of fungus will develop because of the use of Natamycin.2
  • DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING. The preferred initial
  • dosage in fungal keratitis is one drop of NATACYN® (natamycin ophthalmic suspension) 5% instilled
  • in the conjunctival sac at hourly or two-hourly intervals. The frequency of application can usually be
  • reduced to one drop 6 to 8 times daily after the first 3 to 4 days. Therapy should generally be continued
  • for 14 to 21 days or until there is resolution of active fungal keratitis. In many cases, it may be helpful
  • to reduce the dosage gradually at 4 to 7 day intervals to assure that the replicating organism has been
  • eliminated. Less frequent initial dosage (4 to 6 daily applications) may be sufficient in fungal
  • blepharitis and conjunctivitis.
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