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Kantrex Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using kanamycin (Kantrex)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to kanamycin or any other type of aminoglycoside, including:

  • amikacin (Amikin),
  • gentamicin (Garamycin),
  • neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab),
  • netilmicin (Netromycin),
  • paromomycin (Humatin, Paromycin),
  • streptomycin, or
  • tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi).

Before using kanamycin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • asthma or a sulfite allergy; or
  • a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use kanamycin.

FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby. Do not use kanamycin without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Kanamycin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is kanamycin given (Kantrex)?

Kanamycin is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein or a muscle. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.

This medicine must be given slowly when given through an IV infusion, and can take up to 60 minutes to complete.

Do not draw your kanamycin dose into a syringe until you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has any particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney function will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your hearing may also need to be checked. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Kanamycin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Store kanamycin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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