Gentamycin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic isolated from Micromonospore purpurea. The aminoglycosides are the compound containing characteristic amino sugars joined to a hexose nucleus in glycoside linkage. Aminoglycosides are polycations and their polarity accounts for their pharmakokinetic properties. Gentamycin is effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Gentamicin (Sulphate) is active alone but also exibit synergism with ß lactam antibiotic. Antibiotics require constant drug level in body for therapeutic effect. This is achieved by taking the medication at regular interval of time throughout the day and night as prescribed. Gentamicin (Sulphate) is important to take the drug for the full time period as prescribed. If you discontinue the therapy, it may result in ineffective treatment.
Gentamicin (Sulphate), Gentamicin (Sulphate) are the derivatives of Gentamicin. It is of Semi Synthetic origin and belongs to Aminoglycoside. It belongs to Amebicides pharmacological group on the basis of mechanism of action.
Volume of distribution is found to be 0.2 l/kg and plasma protien binding is < 25%. Renal Excretion accounts for 70% and plasma half life is 2.3 hr.
Gentamicin is primarily indicated in conditions like
Acute diarrhoea, Bacterial infections, Biliary tract infections, Endocarditis, Food allergy, Muscle relaxation (intermediate duration) during intensive care, Muscle relaxation (intermediate duration) for surgery or intubation, Muscle relaxation (long duration) during intensive care, Pneumonia in hospital patients, Septicaemia, Ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease, Urinary tract infection, and can also be given in adjunctive therapy as an alternative drug of choice in Solid tumor.
Gentamicin is known to interact with other drugs, the details of drug interactions is as follows:
Drug Details Severity Onset Management Atracurium (Besylate) Coadministartoin results in severe respiratory depression by decreasing the release of acetylcholine at neuromuscular junction by interfering with calcium influx. Major Coadministration must be avoided. Vital signs should closely monitored and dose adjustment is necessary.
Coadministration must be avoided. Vital signs should closely monitored and dose adjustment is necessary.
Coadministration must be avoided. Vital signs should closely monitored and dose adjustment is necessary. Capreomycin Respiratory paralysis and renal dysfunction risk is increased if this combination is used. Major This combination should be avoided. Cefaclor (Monohydrate) coadministration of gentamicin and cephalosporin (e.g cefaclor, cephaloridine) increase nephrotoxicity. Cefotaxime Cephradine Cisplatin Clindamycin Cyclosporin A Cytarabine (HCl) Ethacrynic Acid Ethacrynic Acid Deafness may be more likely to occur if gentamycin is co-administered with IV ethacrynic acid. Floxacillin (Na) Foscarnet (Na) Frusemide or Furosemide Frusemide may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Gentamicin . Specifically, nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity. Moderate Monitor toxic effects of Gentamicin if Furosemide is initiated or the dose is increased. This is probably of most concern if Furosemide is administered in high doses for extended periods of time. Hydrocortisone coadministration may potentiate gentamicin nephrotoxicity Indomethacin Indomethacin potentiates gentamicin nephrotoxicity. Iotroxate (Meglumine) Neomycin Respiratory paralysis and renal dysfunction risk is increased if this combination is used. Major This combination should be avoided. Netilmicin (Sulphate) Respiratory paralysis and renal dysfunction risk is increased if this combination is used. Major This combination should be avoided. Oxaliplatin You should inform your doctor before using this combination. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Pancuronium (Br) Gentamicin by interfering with Calcium influx decrease sensitivity of acetylcholine at postsynaptic membrane thus inhibit release of acetylcholine at neuromuscular junction resulting in severe respiratory depression and paralysis.Death may also reported due to additive effect of both drugs. Major Gentamicin is avoided when pancuronium is given during or immediately after surgery.Adjust dose. Protamine (Sulphate) Protamine sulfate has been shown to be incompatible with Gentamicin. Pyridostigmine (Br) Salsalate When Salsalate are combined with Gentamicin the blood levels of Gentamicin may increase, presumably because the elimination of Gentamicin is reduced. This may lead to side effects from Gentamicin. Streptomycin Respiratory paralysis and renal dysfunction risk is increased if this combination is used. Major This combination should be avoided. Sulphacetamide Tobramycin Respiratory paralysis and renal dysfunction risk is increased if this combination is used. Major This combination should be avoided. Vancomycin (HCl)
These interactions are sometimes beneficial and sometimes may pose threats to life. Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Interference in Pathology
Heparinized Blood Samples Elevation in serum aminotransferases Elevation in serum bilirubin
The severe or irreversible adverse effects of Gentamicin, which give rise to further complications include Encephalopathy, Convulsions, Hallucinations, Nephrotoxicity, Hallucinations, Neuromuscular blockage, Peripheral neuritis, Anaemia.
Gentamicin produces potentially life-threatening effects which include Neuromuscular blockage, Nephrotoxicity, Ototoxicity. which are responsible for the discontinuation of Gentamicin therapy.
The symptomatic adverse reactions produced by Gentamicin are more or less tolerable and if they become severe, they can be treated symptomatically, these include Dizziness, Vertigo, Fever, Ototoxicity, Skin rashes, Exfoliative dermatitis, Eosinophilia, Purpura, Angioedema, Pyuria, Proteinuria, Azotemia, Cylindruria, Local allergies, Skin rashes, Cross sensitivity, dizziness.
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Single Ingredient Inj: 80 mg, 5 mg/ml, 10 mg/ml, 20 mg/ml, 40 mg/ml, 50 mg/ml, 80 mg/ml, Drops: 300 mg/ml, Eye Drops: 0.3 %w/v, 3.5 %w/v, Ear Drops: 0.3 %w/v, Eye Oint: 0.3 %w/w, E and E Drops: 0.3 %v/v, 0.3 %w/v, Oint: 0.1 %, Cream: 1 %w/w, 0.1 %w/w, 0.3 %w/w, Eye Gel: 0.3 %w/w, Multi ingredient
Inj: 80 mg, 40 mg/ml, Eye Drops: 0.3 %w/v, Ear Drops: 0.3 %w/v, Eye Oint: 0.3 %w/w, E and E Drops: 0.3 %w/v, Oint: 0.1 %w/w, 0.17 %w/w, Cream: 1.7 mg, 0.1 %w/w, 0.3 %w/w, 0.12 %w/w, 0.001 %w/w,
Gentamicin's dosage details are as follows:
120 mg 120 (120) As recommended. For prophylaxis in high risk patients before induction of anaesthesia 160 mg 160 (160) As recommended. For urinary tract infections, if renal function is not impaired. 4 to 8 mg 6 (6) As recommended. Intra Thecal As Required 3 to 5 mg/kg 4 (4) As recommended. IV,IM In 3-4 divided doses for 7-10 days. Doses vary according to indication. 0.3 % 0.3 (0.3) As recommended. Optical 1 mg/kg/d 1 (1) 6 hourly Otic 1-2 drops 1 mg/kg/dose 1 (1) 8 hourly PO For prevention of becterial endocarditis. NOT to exceed 80 mg with ampicillin (1-2g). 30 minutes prior to procedures.
0.1 % 0.1 (0.1) 8 hourly Topical Or twice a day if needed.
Paedriatic Dosage ( 20 Kg. )
0.3 % 0.3 (0.3) 6 hourly Ear - 2 to 1.5 mg/kg 1.8 (1.75) 8 hourly Intra Muscular 2.5 mg/kg 2.5 (2.5) 8 hourly Intra Venous - 0.3 % 0.3 (0.3) 6 hourly Opthalmic -
0.3 % 0.3 (0.3) 6 hourly Topical -
Neonatal Dosage ( 3 Kg. )
2.5 mg/kg 2.5 (2.5) 8 hourly Intramuscular 2.5 mg/kg 2.5 (2.5) 8 hourly Intravenous
0.3 % 0.3 (0.3) 6 hourly Topical
High Risk Groups
Drug should not be given to Pregnant Mothers, patients suffering from Kidney dysfunction, Geriatrics, and Neonates.
If prescribing authority justifies the benefits of the drug against the possible damages he/she should reevaluate them and consult the reference material and previous studies.
Warning / Precautions
Gentamicin should be used with caution in patients with history of kidney diseases, vertigo, hearing loss, myasthenia gravis, parkinsonisms. It should be used with caution in patients who are sensitive to aminoglycosides. Keep patients well hydrated to prevent chemical irritation or nephrotoxic reactions. Take appropriate measures in case of secondary infections.
Inj, Eye Drops, Skin Oint or Cream
Store at room temperature, Below 30°C. Do not Freeze.
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