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Amikin Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Amikin (amikacin) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections. The brand name Amikin is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may still be available. Side effects of Amikin (amikacin) include:
- loss of appetite,
- increased thirst,
- rash, or
- injection site reactions (pain, irritation, redness).
Amikin is administered as an intravenous or intramuscular injection and the dose is determined by the patient's body weight. Amikin may interact with other drugs, especially those that affect the kidneys. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Aminoglycosides, including Amikin, can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Amikin Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Amikin in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking amikacin and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; hives; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; rash; or fainting);
- little or no urine;
- decreased hearing or ringing in the ears;
- dizziness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness;
- numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures; or
- severe watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take amikacin and talk to your doctor if you experience
- increased thirst;
- loss of appetite;
- nausea or vomiting;
- a rash.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Amikin (Amikacin)
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Amikin Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, or loss of appetite may occur. Pain/irritation/redness at the injection site may infrequently occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: numbness/tingling, muscle twitching or weakness, seizure.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Amikin (Amikacin)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Amikin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
All aminoglycosides have the potential to induce auditory, vestibular, and renal toxicity and neuromuscular blockade (see DESCRIPTION: WARNINGS box). They occur more frequently in patients with present or past history of renal impairment, of treatment with other ototoxic or nephrotoxic drugs, and in patients treated for longer periods and/or with higher doses than recommended.
Neurotoxicity-Ototoxicity: Toxic effects on the eighth cranial nerve can result in hearing loss, loss of balance, or both. Amikacin primarily affects auditory function. Cochlear damage includes high frequency deafness and usually occurs before clinical hearing loss can be detected.
Nephrotoxicity: Elevation of serum creatinine, albuminuria, presence of red and white cells, casts, azotemia, and oliguria have been reported. Renal function changes are usually reversible when the drug is discontinued.
Other: In addition to those described above, other adverse reactions which have been reported o nrare occasions are skin rash, drug fever, headache, paresthesia, tremor, nausea and vomiting, eosinophilia, arthralgia, anemia, and hypotension.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Amikin (Amikacin)
Additional Amikin Information
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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