How to Take Amikacin and Dose of Amikacin


Find out how to take Amikacin (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Amikacin


How it should be taken  

This medication available in the form of injection, administered by a healthcare professional.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

The recommended dose is 15mg/kg/day in 1-3 doses, urinary tract infection 250mg twice a day.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Generally not indicated for long-term therapy because of ototoxicity (damage to the ear) and nephrotoxicity (damage to kidney cells).

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication is an aminoglycoside antibiotic, prescribed for serious bacterial infections. It inhibits the production of bacterial proteins, which causes bacterial cell death. 

Pregnancy Category

Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney disease, vertigo, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, myasthenia gravis, or Parkinson's disease, during pregnancy.
Discontinue, if signs of ototoxicity, neurotoxicity or hypersensitivity occurs; and during lactation.
Safety has not been established for treatment period >14 days.
Monitor renal function before and during treatment.

Storage Conditions  

Injection: Store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Take your next dose from the refrigerator 1 hour before using it; place it in a clean, dry area to allow it to warm to room temperature. Do not refreeze medications.

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