Gentamicin Side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Gentamicin?

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

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

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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Side effects of Gentamicin in details

A side effect of any drug can be defined as the unwanted or undesired effect produced by the drug. The side effect can be major or in few medications minor that can be ignored. Side effects not only vary from drug to drug, but it also depends on the dose of the drug, the individual sensitivity of the person, brand or company which manufactures it. If side effects overweigh the actual effect of the medicine, it may be difficult to convince the patient to take the drug. Few patients get specific side effects to specific drugs; in that case, a doctor replaces the drug with another. If you feel any side effect and it troubles you, do not forget to share with your healthcare practitioner.

Applies to Gentamicin: injection injectable, injection solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by Gentamicin (the active ingredient contained in Gentamicin). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking Gentamicin, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Incidence not known:

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with Gentamicin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Incidence not known:

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

Gentamicin contraindications

Contraindication can be described as a special circumstance or a disease or a condition wherein you are not supposed to use the drug or undergo particular treatment as it can harm the patient; at times, it can be dangerous and life threatening as well. When a procedure should not be combined with other procedure or when a medicine cannot be taken with another medicine, it is called Relative contraindication. Contraindications should be taken seriously as they are based on the relative clinical experience of health care providers or from proven research findings.

Known hypersensitivity to Gentamicin or aminoglycosides and/or preserving agents (para group allergy); patients with preexisting vestibular and/or cochlear disease should be given aminoglycosides for life-threatening conditions only.

Administration of other ototoxic and/or nephrotoxic antibiotics together with or immediately after Gentamicin should be avoided.

Caution should be exercised in patients with reduced renal function to avoid drug cumulation. Caution is also indicated in patients with milder degrees of renal insufficiency, neuromuscular disease (eg, myasthenia gravis or Parkinson's disease) and at an advanced age. As Gentamicin contains sulfite, it must not be used in asthmatics hypersensitive to sulfite.

Use in pregnancy & lactation: During pregnancy, Gentamicin should only be given for life-threatening conditions or if other antibiotics are ruled out. As Gentamicin is known to be present in breast milk, breastfeeding should be suspended if Gentamicin is administered during lactation.



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  2. European Chemicals Agency - ECHA. "Gentamicin: The information provided here is aggregated from the "Notified classification and labelling" from ECHA's C&L Inventory. ". (accessed September 17, 2018).
  3. HSDB. "Gentamicin". (accessed September 17, 2018).


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