The reference site for Gentamycin

Gentamicin, sold under brand names Garamycin among others, is an antibiotic used to treat several types of bacterial infections.

WHAT IS GENTAMYCIN?

Gentamycin (or gentamicin) is a aminoglycoside antibiotic, and can treat many different types of bacterial infections, particularly Gram-negative infections.

Gentamycin works by binding to a site on the bacterial ribosome, causing the genetic code to be misread.

Like all aminoglycosides, gentamycin does not pass the gastro-intestinal tract, so it can only be given intravenously, intramuscularly or topically.

E. Coli has shown some resistance to gentamycin, despite being Gram-negative.

 

Brand Name(s): Garamycin; Gentak; Spectro-Genta; Alcomicin; Genoptic Liquifilm
CAS nº: 1403-66-3
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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to gentamycin and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Gentamycin is available with a prescription generically and under the brand name Garamycin®. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available.

Note: gentamycin is also FDA approved for use in dogs and cats.

Please visit the official site of the FDA for further information.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Gentamycin (also gentamicin) is a aminoglycoside antibiotic, and can treat many different types of bacterial infections, particularly Gram-negative infections.

Gentamycin works by binding to a site on the bacterial ribosome, causing the genetic code to be misread.

Like all aminoglycosides, gentamycin does not pass the gastro-intestinal tract, so it can only be given intravenously, intramuscularly or topically.

E. Coli has shown some resistance to gentamycin, despite being Gram-negative.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication has not been approved for any alternative uses other than those mentioned in the product information section.

Dosage and using this medicine

If you are injecting gentamycin at home, your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions on how and where to inject the medication. If you do not understand these directions, do not attempt to inject the medication. Contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.

Do not use any gentamycin that is discolored, has particles in it, or looks different from your previous doses. Throw away any unused entamicin after the amount of time determined by your pharmacist or doctor.

Adequate hydration is important during treatment with gentamycin. Fluids may be administered intravenously during treatment.

It is important that the medication be given on a regular schedule and for the entire amount of time prescribed by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING GENTAMYCIN:

Do not use gentamycin without first talking to your doctor if you have sulfite sensitivity, kidney disease, hearing loss or loss of balance due to ear problems, Parkinson’s disease, or a neuromuscular disorder such as myasthenia gravis. You may not be able to use gentamicin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, without first talking to your doctor during treatment with gentamycin.

Additionally, if you are pregnant, could become pregnant during treatment, or are breast-feeding it is important that you consult your doctor.

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking gentamycin unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Contact your doctor if a dose is missed.

What side effects can this medication cause?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking gentamycin and seek emergency medical attention:

an allergic reaction (shortness of breath, closing of the throat, hives, swelling of the lips, face, or tongue, or fainting)
little or no urine
decreased hearing or ringing in the ears
dizziness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness
numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures
severe watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take gentamycin and talk to your doctor if you experience:

increased thirst
loss of appetite
nausea or vomiting
a rash

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Dispose of used needles and syringes in a puncture resistant container out of the reach of children. Your healthcare provider will store gentamycin as directed by the manufacturer or give you detailed storage instructions if you are storing the medication at home.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose, call your local poison control center on 1-800-222-1222. However, if the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, please call the local emergency services on 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

damage to the kidneys
hearing loss
dizziness
numbness
skin tingling
muscle twitching
seizures (which may be signs of nerve damage)

Product Images

PICTURES OF GENTAMYCIN PRODUCTS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of gentamycin that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes, manufacturers and/or distributors.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 0.1%
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Cream
Manufacturer: PERRIGO CO.

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 0.1%
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Cream
Manufacturer: PERRIGO CO.

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 0.1%
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Ointment
Manufacturer: PERRIGO CO.

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 3 MG/ML
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Opthalmic Solution
Manufacturer: BAUSCH & LOMB

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 3 MG/ML
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Opthalmic Solution
Manufacturer: FALCON PHARMA.

Name: GENTAK®
Strength(s): 3 MG/ML
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Opthalmic Ointment
Manufacturer: AKORN INC.

Name: GENTAK®
Strength(s): 3 MG/ML
Imprint: Gentamicin Sulfate Opthalmic Solution
Manufacturer: AKORN INC.

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 80 MG
Imprint: Gentamicin Injection B.P.
Manufacturer: S.G.P. PHARMA.

Name: GENTAMICIN
Strength(s): 80 MG/2ML
Imprint: Gentamicin Injection
Manufacturer: HUANGSHAN TIANMU PHARM.

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