Table of Contents > Drug > Amikacin Print

Amikacin

Image

Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
Author information

Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: Amikacin Sulfate Injection, USP;Amikin®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Agnicin;Akacin;Amikafur;Amikayect;Amikin.;Biclin;Biokacin;Gamikal;Karmikin;Lisobac;Oprad;Yectamid
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antibiotic, Aminoglycoside

    Uses
    • It is used to treat bacterial infections.
    • Amikacin works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

    Storage

    • Store as you have been told by your doctor.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug may cause kidney function to get worse and hearing loss, and it may change your sense of balance. Talk with your doctor.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to amikacin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • If you have hearing loss, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Kidney function that gets worse.
    • Change in hearing may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Change in hearing.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools, even after drug is stopped.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Any rash.
    • Some side effects may happen up to 2 weeks after the shot. Report them to your doctor.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

    Copyright © 2011 Natural Standard (www.naturalstandard.com)


    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

    Search Site

    Solgar
    Aubrey Organics
    Eden Foods
    Olbas
    Carlson Labs