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Gentamicin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on August 11, 2022
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Information about Gentamicin

Generic Name : Gentamicin
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Gentamicin are provided here.
Pronunciation : Jen-ta-my-sin
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Gentamicin, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Infectives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Gentamicin


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 be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe liver disease and hypersensitivity.

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 for Gentamicin?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8°C).
Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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