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Brand name: Amikacin (DBL) TM

Active ingredients: amikacin

What it is used for

Amikacin Injection is indicated in the short-term treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible strains of Gram-negative bacteria. 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 staphylococcus who have failed to respond to other available antibiotics. Amikacin Injection is indicated in the treatment of neonatal septicaemia, or blood poisoning)" href="/sepsis-septicaemia" target="_blank">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 organism.

How to take it

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

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

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

Visual appearance

Clear glass vial with black aluminium flip top cap 33mm length, 9mm diameter containing colourless solution free from visible particulates.

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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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

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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