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What Is Gentamicin?
Gentamicin is an antibiotic prescribed to treat serious or severe bacterial infections.
The brand names of gentamicin include Gentak, Pred-G, and Valisone-G. It is mostly available as injectable solutions, which are either injected into the muscle or into the veins through an IV.
Gentamicin is also available as an ophthalmic solution (eye drops) and ointment for treating bacterial infections of the eye.
Gentamicin is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it is effective against a range of bacterial infections. This makes it an advantageous treatment for those with an illness that may be caused by more than one type of bacteria, or if the doctor suspects that the infection is from more than one type of bacteria. However, gentamicin is not effective against anaerobic bacteria or streptococci.
How Does Gentamicin Work?
Gentamicin works by preventing bacteria from producing the proteins they need to survive. It accomplishes this by binding to the ribosomes of the bacteria, which are the tiny structures within bacterial cells that build proteins. By binding to the ribosomes, gentamicin keeps the bacteria from assembling proteins correctly.
Without proteins, the bacteria become unable to reproduce and grow, which leads to their death. The immune system can then go through and clear out the infection.
What Is Gentamicin Used For?
Gentamicin is prescribed to treat serious or severe infections caused by bacteria, such as meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord). Gentamicin may also be used to treat severe infections of the abdomen, blood, skin, lungs, joints, bones, and urinary tract.
In some cases, gentamicin may be prescribed to treat granuloma inguinale, pelvic inflammatory disease, tularemia, or the plague.
When used in the form of eye drops, gentamicin can treat conditions like conjunctivitis and other eye infections.
Side Effects of Gentamicin
Some of the common side effects of gentamicin include:
- nausea or vomiting
- vision problems
- loss of appetite
- itching or a rash
- joint pain
- pain at the injection site.
Gentamicin can also cause some serious side effects that include:
- numbness or tingling
- hearing loss or a roaring sound in your ears
- weak or shallow breathing
- ongoing or severe dizziness
- severe stomach pain
- bloody or watery diarrhea
- red or swollen gums
- ulcers or blisters in the mouth
- difficulty swallowing
- kidney problems (painful or difficult urination, little or no urination, feeling short of breath or tired, swollen ankles or feet)
- increased pressure in the skull (ringing in the ears, severe headaches
- nausea, dizziness, pain behind your eyes, vision problems)
- signs of an electrolyte imbalance (weakness, confusion, bone pain, increased urination)
If you experience any of the above serious side effects, contact a healthcare professional immediately.
How to Take Gentamicin?
The gentamicin dosage prescribed depends on various factors, including age, type of infection, and dosing schedule. It is essential to take gentamicin for the entire prescribed length, even if your symptoms improve before the time is up.
Gentamicin is injected into a vein through an IV or into a muscle. You may be shown how to complete these injections at home, but you should not self-inject gentamicin if you do not know how to give the injection and safely dispose of the used needles and other equipment used to inject it.
Do not inject gentamicin if it contains particles or has changed colors. Call your pharmacist for new medication if you notice either of these things.
When taking gentamicin, be sure to drink plenty of liquid to help your kidneys work properly. Gentamicin can harm your kidneys, so drinking plenty of fluids can help prevent this damage.
Those taking gentamicin may need to undergo frequent urine or blood tests. Additionally, they may also need their kidney function, hearing, and nerve function checked. If your doctor suggests these check-ups, be sure to attend them.
If you miss a dose of gentamicin, call your doctor for instructions on what to do. In addition, seek emergency attention or call the Poison Help line if you take more gentamicin than is prescribed.
Always consult with your physician or other qualified health providers about medical concerns. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it based on what you read on this website.
If you are experiencing high fever (>103F/39.4C), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, heart palpitations, abnormal bruising, abnormal bleeding, extreme fatigue, dizziness, new weakness or paralysis, difficulty with speech, confusion, extreme pain in any body part, or inability to remain hydrated or keep down fluids or feel you may have any other life-threatening condition, please go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.
Frequently asked questions
What Should You Avoid While Taking Gentamicin?
There are a variety of medications to avoid while taking gentamicin to ensure your safety.
First, it is recommended to avoid sequential or concurrent use of nephrotoxic and/or neurotoxic drugs, including other aminoglycosides such as streptomycin, amikacin, kanamycin, neomycin, and paromomycin.
Other drugs to avoid when taking an aminoglycoside, such as gentamicin, include:
- amphotericin B
Those on gentamicin should also avoid potent diuretics like furosemide or ethacrynic acid because they increase the risk of hearing or balance problems. Specifically, when administered intravenously, diuretics may enhance the toxicity of gentamicin by altering the amount of the antibiotic in the serum and tissue.
This is not a complete list, and other medications may interact with gentamicin. Inform your doctor of all medications, supplements, and vitamins you take before starting gentamicin.
Is Gentamicin a Strong Antibiotic?
Yes, Gentamicin is considered a strong antibiotic. It is effective against a range of bacterial infections, including some that are resistant to other types of antibiotics. However, it is only used for severe or life-threatening infections as it can have serious side effects if not carefully monitored and prescribed correctly.
Can You Get Gentamicin Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, you can’t get gentamicin over-the-counter (OTC). Gentamicin is a prescription antibiotic, so it can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.
What Is the Most Common Side Effect of Gentamicin?
Some of the most common side effects of gentamicin include nausea or vomiting, vision problems, loss of appetite, itching or rash, lightheadedness, headache, joint pain, and pain at the injection site.
Can I Get Gentamicin Online?
Yes, you can get a Gentamicin prescription online with DrHouse. DrHouse offers a telehealth service, where you can have a virtual consultation with a doctor and get an online prescription without having to leave your home. Our doctors will assess your case and decide if gentamicin is the right treatment for you.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription for Gentamicin?
Getting online prescriptions with DrHouse is simple and straightforward. Just follow these steps:
- Sign up
- Download our telehealth app
- Fill out a medical questionnaire
- Start an on-demand virtual consultation
Once you have started your consultation, our doctor will assess your case and decide if gentamicin is the right treatment for you. If it is, you will receive an online prescription that can be either sent to your local pharmacy or you can have it filled online and shipped directly to your home.
What Are Some Other Antibiotic Medications?
Other common antibiotics include: