CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Gentamicin Injection. It does not
contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your
doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
Gentamicin Injection against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
This medicine is likely to be used while you are at the clinic or in hospital. If
possible, please read this leaflet carefully before this medicine is given to you.
In some cases this leaflet may be given to you after the medicine has been used.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
You may need to read it again.
What Gentamicin Injection is used for
Gentamicin Injection belongs to a group of medicines known as aminoglycoside antibiotics.
antibiotics work by preventing bacteria from growing and by killing them.
Gentamicin Injection is used to treat serious bacterial infections in many different
parts of the body such as chest infections, urinary tract infections and infected
wounds or burns.
Gentamicin Injection may be prescribed for other reasons that are not mentioned above.
Your doctor will be able to tell you about the specific condition for which you have
been prescribed it.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you are given Gentamicin Injection
When you must not be given it
Do not use Gentamicin Injection if:
you have an allergy to gentamicin or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this
you have an allergy to other aminoglycoside antibiotics such as tobramycin, streptomycin,
amikacin, netilmicin or neomycin
If you are not sure whether any of these apply to you, check with your doctor.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to:
any other medicine
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
2. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
Gentamicin may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy. If it
is necessary for you to be given Gentamicin Injection, your doctor will discuss with
you the benefits and risks of using it during pregnancy.
3. you are breast-feeding or plan to breast feed
your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of being given Gentamicin
Injection whilst you are breastfeeding.
4. you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
kidney disease or any kidney problems
myasthenia gravis (a muscle disease)
Parkinsons disease (a disease affecting movement)
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy
without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and gentamicin may interfere with each other. These include:
water tablets (diuretics) such as frusemide
anticancer drugs such as cisplatin
any drug that may cause kidney or hearing problems
amphotericin, an anti-fungal medicine
anaesthetics such as halothane
muscle relaxants such as suxamethonium
These medicines may affect the way gentamicin works or be affected by gentamicin.
You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take a different
medicine. Your doctor will advise you about continuing to take other medicines while
you are receiving Gentamicin Injection.
How Gentamicin Injection is given
How it is given
Gentamicin Injection must only be given by a doctor or nurse. Gentamicin Injection
is given by injection into the muscle or as a slow injection (infusion) into a vein.
How much is given
Your doctor will decide what dose and how long you will receive Gentamicin Injection.
This will depend on your age, weight, type of infection and how well your kidneys
are working. However, the usual adult dose of Gentamicin Injection is 60-80mg per
day for 7-10 days.
If you are given too much (overdose)
This rarely happens as Gentamicin Injection is administered under the care of a highly
However, if you are given too much gentamicin, you may experience some of the effects
listed under "Side Effects" below.
Your doctor has information on how to recognise and treat an overdose. Ask your doctor
if you have any concerns.
If you experience severe side effects, tell your doctor immediately, or go to the
nearest hospital emergency department.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well
while you are being treated with gentamicin.
Like other medicines, gentamicin can cause some side effects. If they occur, most
are likely to be minor or temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions that you may have.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
fever, severe chills, sore throat, mouth ulcers
unusual bleeding or bruising under the skin
loss of appetite
weakness or tiredness
pain at the site of injection
These side effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:
hearing problems, ringing in the ears
problems with balance
increase or decrease in urination
skin tingling, numbness, muscle twitching
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side
effects are rare.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:
swelling of the lips, face, mouth, throat or limbs
breathing difficulty, or shortness of breath
rash, itching, hives
These are symptoms of an allergic reaction to gentamicin.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice
any other effects, check with your doctor. Some side effects may only be seen by
Gentamicin Injection will be stored in the pharmacy or ward. It is kept below 25
degrees C in a dark place to protect it from light.
What it looks like
Gentamicin Injection is a clear solution in a plastic ampoule.
Gentamicin Injection can be identified by an Australian Registration Number, which
is found on the packaging: AUST R 11376.
Gentamicin Injection contains gentamicin (as Sulfate ) 80mg/2mL and disodium edetate
in Water for Injections. pH Adjusted using sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid. It
does not contain preservatives.
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Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
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Sydney NSW 2000
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This Consumer Medicine Information was written in March 2000.
Date of most recent amendment: March 2020