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- What is amikacin injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is amikacin injection available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for amikacin injection?
- What are the side effects of amikacin injection?
- What is the dosage for amikacin injection?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with amikacin injection?
- Is amikacin injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about amikacin injection?
What is amikacin injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Amikacin is a man-made aminoglycoside antibiotic. It is similar to tobramycin and gentamicin. Amikacin binds to components of bacteria that produce important bacterial proteins, blocking protein synthesis which eventually leads to stopping further bacterial growth. Amikacin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to gentamicin and tobramycin. Amikacin treats infections caused by gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas species, Escherichia coli, Providencia species, Indole-positive and indole-negative Proteus species, Klebsiella-Enterobacter-Serratia species, and Acinetobacter. Amikacin is also used in certain staphylococcal infections as well.
Is amikacin injection available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for amikacin injection?
What are the side effects of amikacin injection?
Side effects of Amikacin are:
- hearing loss,
- kidney dysfunction,
- loss of balance,
- muscular paralysis,
- 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.
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