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- What is gentamicin-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for gentamicin-injection?
- Is gentamicin-injection available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for gentamicin-injection?
- What are the side effects of gentamicin-injection?
- What is the dosage for gentamicin-injection?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with gentamicin-injection?
- Is gentamicin-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about gentamicin-injection?
What is gentamicin-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Gentamicin is a broad spectrum aminoglycoside antibiotic that is most effective against aerobic gram-negative rods. Gentamicin is also used in combination with other antibiotics to treat infections caused by gram positive organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus and certain species of streptococci. Additionally, gentamicin is used in combination with a penicillin antibiotic to treat endocarditis (infection of the heart). Gentamicin kills bacteria (bactericidal) by inhibiting the synthesis of bacterial proteins. Gentamicin irreversibly binds to the 30S ribosomal subunits. This binding interferes with the formation of messenger RNA (mRNA) and the subsequent formation of nonfunctional proteins and the eventual death of susceptible bacteria. Gentamicin was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1966.
What brand names are available for gentamicin-injection?
Gentamicin Injection, Garamycin
Is gentamicin-injection available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for gentamicin-injection?
What are the side effects of gentamicin-injection?
Side effects associated with gentamicin use are:
- high or low blood pressure,
- kidney problems,
- liver problems,
- injection site reactions,
- hair loss,
- electrolyte abnormalities,
- increased salivation,
- visual problems,
- hearing impairment,
- breathing problems,
- joint pain,
- decrease white blood cell count,
- decrease platelets,
- allergic reactions, and
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