Gentamicin - Drug Information

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General Information on Gentamicin

Generic Name : Gentamicin

Pronunciation : Jen-ta-my-sin

Latest prescription information about Gentamicin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Infectives

Why is Gentamicin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for severe bacterial infections.  It works by killing the bacteria that causes infection.

When should Gentamicin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe liver disease and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Gentamicin?

IV/IM- The recommended dose is 1.5 to 2 mg/kg loading dose, followed by 1 to 1.7 mg/kg every 8 hours or 5 to 7 mg/kg every 24 hours.

How should Gentamicin be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Gentamicin?

Caution needed in pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Avoid exposure to sunlight.
Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.

What are the side effects of Gentamicin?

Stomach upset, vomiting, fatigue and pale skin.

What are the other precautions for Gentamicin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Gentamicin?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8C).

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