Amikacin Injection

Name: Amikacin Injection

Why is this medication prescribed?

Amikacin injection is used to treat certain serious infections that are caused by bacteria such as meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and infections of the blood, abdomen (stomach area), lungs, skin, bones, joints, and urinary tract. Amikacin injection is in a class of medications called aminoglycoside antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria.

Antibiotics such as amikacin injection will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

What are the side effects of amikacin injection?

Side effects of Amikacin are:

  • hearing loss,
  • kidney dysfunction,
  • loss of balance,
  • muscular paralysis,
  • fever,
  • rash,
  • headache, and
  • low blood pressure.

Amikacin carries a boxed warning of loss of hearing and kidney dysfunction for individuals treated with high doses or for longer periods.

What is the dosage for amikacin injection?

The recommended dose for adults, children, and older infants with normal kidney function is 15 mg/kg/day divided into 2 or 3 doses; for example, 7.5 mg/kg every 12 hours or 5 mg/kg every 8 hours.

The duration of treatment is usually 7 to 10 days.

Is amikacin injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Amikacin is harmful to the fetus and should not be used during pregnancy unless there are not safer options.

It is not known whether Amikacin enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it while breastfeeding.

Uses For amikacin

Amikacin injection is used to treat serious bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. amikacin is for short-term use only (7 to 10 days).

Amikacin belongs to the class of medicines known as aminoglycoside antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, amikacin will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

Amikacin injection is usually used for serious bacterial infections for which other medicines may not work. However, it may also cause some serious side effects, including damage to your hearing, sense of balance, and kidneys. These side effects may be more likely to occur in elderly patients and newborn infants. You and your doctor should talk about the benefits of amikacin as well as the risks.

amikacin is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.

Proper Use of amikacin

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you amikacin. amikacin is given as a shot into a muscle or into a vein.

To help clear up your infection completely, keep using amikacin for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Also, amikacin works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep the amount constant, you must receive amikacin on a regular schedule.

To keep your kidneys working well and help prevent kidney problems, drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you or your child are receiving amikacin.

Uses

This medication is used to prevent or treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Amikacin belongs to a class of drugs known as aminoglycoside antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

How to use Amikacin SULFATE Vial

This medication is given by injection into a vein or muscle as directed by your doctor. It is usually given every 8 hours or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. Laboratory tests (such as kidney function, levels of drug in the blood) may be performed to help find the best dose for your condition.

If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

For the best effect, use this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, use this medication at the same time(s) every day.

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Notes

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as kidney function, amikacin blood levels) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised December 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.

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