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Brand name: Amiwok TM

Active ingredients: amikacin

What it is used for

AMIWOK is indicated in the short-term treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible strains of Gram-negative bacteria, (see Microbiology).,Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains is the principal Gram-positive organism sensitive to amikacin.,The use of amikacin in the treatment of staphylococcal infections should be restricted to second-line therapy, and should be confined to patients suffering from severe infections caused by susceptible strains of stapylococcus who have failed to respond or are allergic to other available antibiotics.,AMIWOK is indicated in the treatment of neonatal sepsis when sensitivity testing indicates that other aminoglycosides cannot be used.,In certain severe infections such as neonatal sepsis, concomitant therapy with a penicillin type drug may be indicated because of the possibility of infections due to Gram-positive organisms such as streptococci or pneumococci. If concomitant treatment with a penicillin type drug is indicated, then the drugs should be administered separately because in-vitro mixing of the two drugs causes inactivation of amikacin.,Clinical studies have shown amikacin to be effective in treating bacteraemia, septicaemia including neonatal sepsis and serious infections of the respiratory tract, bones and joints, central nervous system, skin and skin structures (including those resulting from burns), intra-abdominal organs, post- operative infections and complicated and recurrent urinary tract infections, when caused by susceptible organisms.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intramuscular. This medicine is given through a needle inserted into the muscle beneath the skin.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 36 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Colourless to yellowish liquid, practically free of particles.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient amikacin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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