Amikin

Amikin treats severe or serious bacterial infections. May cause a decrease in hearing and ringing in the ears. If you notice ringing in your ears, notify your doctor.

Amikin Overview

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Amikin is a prescription medication used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria, including infections of the respiratory tract, bones and joints, nervous system (meningitis), skin, urinary tract, and stomach. It is also given to burn patients and patients with infections after surgery. Amikin belongs to a group of drugs called aminoglycosides. These work by killing the bacteria that cause infections. 

This medication comes in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare provider or can be given into the muscle (IM).

Common side effects of Amikin include nausea and vomiting.

 

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  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious
  • Endocarditis
  • Mycobacterium Infections
  • Pseudomonas Infections
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Septicemia

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Uses of Amikin

Amikin is a prescription medication used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria, including infections of the respiratory tract, bones and joints, nervous system (meningitis), skin, urinary tract, and stomach. It is also given to burn patients and patients with infections after surgery.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Amikin Drug Class

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Side Effects of Amikin

Serious side effects have been reported with Amikin. See the "Amikin Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Amikin include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • skin rash
  • drug fever
  • headache
  • sensation of tingling, tickling, pricking, or burning of the skin
  • tremor
  • changes in blood counts
  • joint pain
  • low blood pressure

This is not a complete list of Amikin side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Amikin FDA Warning

Amikin can cause severe hearing and kidney problems. Before administering Amikin, tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially diuretics ('water pills'), cisplatin (Platinol), amphotericin (Amphotec, Fungizone), other antibiotics, and vitamins.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your health care provider immediately: dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, numbness, muscle twitching or weakness, difficulty breathing, decreased urination, rash, itching, or sore throat.