Gentamicin Sulfate Injection

Generic Name: Gentamicin

  • What is Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Gentamicin is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the urinary, respiratory (lung), or gastrointestinal (stomach or intestinal) tract; or blood, central nervous system (CNS), skin, or bone infections. Gentamicin may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. Gentamicin is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Gentamicin can cause harm to your nervous system, including problems with your hearing and balance. This can also cause numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures. Your risk can increase with impaired kidney function and prolonged treatment with this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience dizziness, ringing or roaring in your ear, or any changes in your hearing.

    Gentamicin can cause kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function. Tell your doctor if you experience a decrease in urination.

    Muscle weakness and decreased lung function can occur while receiving gentamicin. Your risk can increase if you are taking gentamicin with medications used for anesthesia or muscle relaxants.

    Gentamicin can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

    Serious or severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis (a serious and rapid allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated) can occur while receiving gentamicin. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience a severe rash or difficulty breathing.

  • Who should not take Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Your doctor will not administer gentamicin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar antibiotics (such as amikacin, neomycin, or tobramycin).

    Your doctor will not administer gentamicin to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with gentamicin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies; kidney disease; extensive burns; heart failure; muscular disorders, such as myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness) or Parkinson's disease; or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your age, body weight, and severity of your infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Your doctor will administer gentamicin to you in a hospital setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    If gentamicin is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with gentamicin: cisplatin, diuretics (water pills) (such as ethacrynic acid or furosemide), or other antibiotics that can harm your brain function or kidneys (such as amikacin, cephaloridine, colistin, kanamycin, neomycin, paromomycin, polymyxin B, streptomycin, tobramycin, vancomycin, or viomycin).

  • What are the possible side effects of Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, breathing problems, confusion, dizziness, fever, headache, hearing loss, itchiness, low urination, muscle twitching or weakness, nausea, numbness, pain at the injection site, rash, ringing or roaring in your ear, seizures, skin tingling, vomiting, weakness

  • Can I receive Gentamicin Sulfate Injection if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Gentamicin can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. The effects of gentamicin during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Gentamicin should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Gentamicin Sulfate Injection?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.