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Generic name: amikacin [AM-i-KAY-sin]
Drug class: aminoglycosides

What is Amikin?

Amikin is an antibiotic that combats bacteria.Amikin is utilised to treat serious or severe infections with bacteria.Amikin can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side effects of Amikin

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Amikin could cause severe adverse effects. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Hearing loss or a loud noise in your ears.
  • Persistent or severe dizziness;
  • Kidney problems: little or no urination; painless or difficult urine; swelling in your ankles or feet; feeling exhausted or sluggish
  • Breathing that is shallow or weak;
  • Tingling sensations or numbness
  • Muscle that is twitching, seizures (convulsions),
  • Extreme stomach discomfort, or diarrhoea that is bloody or watery.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present.Get your physician's medical advice regarding the effects.You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Cephalexin, Metronidazole, Azithromycin, and Clindamycin


Amikin could cause kidney damage and can also lead to hearing loss or nerve damage, especially if you suffer from kidney disease or certain other medications.Inform your doctor of any medical issues you have as well as the medicines you're taking. If you require surgery, inform the surgeon prior to surgery that you're using Amikin.

Prior to use this drug

It is recommended not to take Amikin in the event that you are allergic to Amikin or similar antibiotics, such as neomycin, kanamycin, gentamicin, streptomycin, paromomycin, or tobramycin.

To ensure that Amikin is appropriate for you, consult your doctor if:

  • Kidney disease;
  • Asthma or sulfite allergy;
  • Myasthenia gravis;
  • A nerve-muscle disorder;
  • A disorder of the nervous system like parkinson's disease.

Do not take Amikin in the event that you are expecting. It could harm the unborn baby. Utilise effective birth control to stop pregnancy while you are receiving treatment.It isn't known if amikacin is absorbed into breast milk or if it is harmful to the nursing infant. It is not recommended to breastfeed while taking this medicine.

How to take Amikin?

Follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Don't use this medication in smaller or larger quantities or for longer than suggested. Amikin is usually prescribed for 7–10 days.Amikin is injectable into muscles as well as into veins via an IV. It is possible to be taught how to inject an IV at home. Do not inject this medicine yourself when you don't know how to inject it, and safely dispose of any needles that have been used, IV tubing, and other tools that are used to inject the medication.Don't use Amikin in the event that it is changing colours or contains particles. Consult your pharmacist about the latest medication.Don't mix Amikin with other medications in a syringe or IV bag.

Make use of an empty needle and syringe just once. Be sure to follow any local or state regulations regarding the disposal of used needles and syringes. Make sure you use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of the container away). Make sure this container is away from animals and children.Drink plenty of fluids when you take Amikin. This will ensure that your kidneys are in good working order.When you are taking Amikin, it is possible that you will require frequent urine tests. Your kidney function, hearing function, and nerve function might likewise require checking.Make sure to take this medicine for the prescribed duration. Your symptoms could worsen even before your disease is cleared completely. The absence of doses can increase the risk of subsequent infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Amikin is not a treatment for viral illnesses like the flu or the commonly occurring cold.If you are undergoing surgery, inform your surgeon beforehand that you're using Amikin.Place this medicine in a refrigerator at a temperature that is free of heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Consult your physician for recommendations. If you have missed the dosage of Amikin,

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

The use of antibiotics can trigger diarrhoea and could be an indication of a new infection. If you experience diarrhoea that is bloody or watery and you are unable to get it under control, consult your doctor. Don't take anti-diarrhea medication unless you are advised by your physician to.

Interaction with other drugs

Amikin can cause harm to the kidneys. The risk is greater if you are also taking other medications, like chemotherapy, antivirals, injected antibiotics, medicines for bowel issues, medicines to avoid rejection of organ transplants, injectionable osteoporosis medicine, and a few arthritis or pain medications (including aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve).

Inform your doctor about all your medications currently in use and any new medications you begin or stop using, in particular:

  • Diuretic, also known as a "water pill";
  • Other antibiotics.

This list is not comprehensive. Other medications can be incompatible with amikacin, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. There are not all the interactions mentioned in this medication guide.