Gentamicin


What is Gentamicin for ?

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for severe bacterial infections.

How does Gentamicin work ?

It works by killing the bacteria that causes infection.

How should Gentamicin be used ?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

Common side effects of Gentamicin ?

Dizziness. Kidney function that gets worse. Change in hearing may rarely happen.

What do I do if I miss a dose ?

Call your doctor for an office visit.

What precautions should I take when taking Gentamicin ?

If you have an allergy to gentamicin or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

When do I need to seek medical help ?

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Big change in balance. Change in hearing. Feeling very tired or weak. Very nervous and excitable. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very loose stools (diarrhea), even after drug is stopped. Not able to pass urine. Any rash. Some side effects may happen up to 2 weeks after the shot. Report them to your doctor. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

Can I take Gentamicin with other medicines ?

Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

Are there any food restrictions ?

Avoid alcohol.

How do I store Gentamicin ?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Pregnancy Category ?

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Therapeutic Classification ?

Aminoglycosides , Eye Anti-Infectives & Antiseptics , Ear Anti-Infectives & Antiseptics.