Generic Name : GENTAMICIN ABSTRACT – Gentamicin is an antibiotic that is classified as an aminoglycoside. This drug is...
Gentamicin is an antibiotic that is classified as an aminoglycoside. This drug is used to treat extremely severe bacterial infections, by resisting against the bacterial agents responsible for the infections. Ophthalmic and topical forms are also available, used to treat bacterial infections that are specific to regions such as the eye or skin, respectively.
- Gentamicin is to be taken as directed by the doctors. Consume this drug only as prescribed to avoid overdose or other harmful effects.
- This drug course generally lasts from a week to 10 days.
- This drug is injected into a muscle or given through the veins as an IV.
- Ophthalmic form of this drug is to be dropped into the eyes, 10 minutes apart from each eye.
- Topical Gentamicin is to be applied thrice or four times a day.
- General Adult Dosage available:
Injection – 40g / mL, 10mg / mL, 60mg / 50mL
- Ophthalmic – 0.3%
- Topical – 0.1%
SIDE EFFECTS –
- Blurry vision
- Loss of appetite
- Itching / Skin redness (Topical)
- Joint pain
RARE SIDE EFFECTS –
- Hearing loss
- Shallow breathing
- Stomach pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- Kidney problems
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Pressure within the skull
- Irritation or signs of eye infection
DRUG INTERACTIONS –
- Gallium Nitrate
Gentamicine has major interactions with 59 different drugs.
MODERATE DRUG INTERACTIONS –
- Gentamicin topical
Gentamicin has moderate interactions with 106 different drugs.
- Provide the doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history prior to drug prescription. Notify especially in case of illnesses and conditions such as kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, asthmatic conditions, nerve-muscle disorders, Parkinson’s disease, electrolyte imbalance or dehydration.
- Do not use this drug in case of an allergy to Gentamicin itself or to similar antibiotics.
- Do not use the ophthalmic form of this drug in case of viral / fungal infections in the eye. Wash hands before and after usage of the drops.
- Wash crusts away from infected skin for effective penetration of the topical ointment.
- Inform the doctor of all the drugs being consumed so as to avoid severe drug interactions. Notify especially of the use of diuretics or antibiotics.
- This drug can harm a baby severely in case of nursing period or pregnancy. Consult a doctor as to the use of this drug during feeding and gestation. Avoid nursing while on drug course.
- Notify a surgeon in advance of drug consumption in case of upcoming surgery.
- Avoid using this injection in case color of the injection has changed, or if there are particles within it. This drug is not to be mixed with another drug.
- Disposable needles are to be used only once.
- Hydration is crucially important to patient while on drug course, to keep kidneys healthy and functioning.
- Cooperate with regular medical tests to measure the efficiency of this drug and ensure regular health.
- Keep out of reach of children. The topical form of this drug cannot be used to treat children under the age of 1.
- This drug cannot treat viral infections.
- In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.