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Review: Gentamicin side effects

In this review, we analyze Gentamicin side effects by the time on the drug, and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Gentamicin. The review is based on 8,261 people who have side effects while taking Gentamicin from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Gentamicin

Gentamicin (latest outcomes from 8,319 users) has active ingredients of gentamicin sulfate. It is often used in urinary tract infection.

Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (gentamicin sulfate): Garamycin, Gentamicin Sulfate, U-gencin, Bristagen, Apogen, Isotonic Gentamicin Sulfate In Plastic Container, Gentamicin Sulfate In Sodium Chloride 0.9% In Plastic Container, Gentafair, Genoptic, Gentacidin, Gentak.

On Mar, 1, 2015: 8,261 people who reported to have side effects when taking Gentamicin are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Balance DisorderJuvenile Arthritis (arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers)Hepatic Function AbnormalBalance DisorderRenal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Rash Generalised (rash on most of body parts)Pain
Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Upper Respiratory Tract InflammationHyperlipidaemia (presence of excess lipids in the blood)Ototoxicity (damage to the ear)Renal Tubular Necrosis (death of kidney tubules)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
Pyrexia (fever)Pyrexia (fever)White Blood Cell Count DecreasedDiabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)Feeling DrunkRenal Failure (kidney dysfunction)
Multi-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)DizzinessInfluenza (the flu is caused by an influenza virus)Vision BlurredImpaired Driving AbilityPyrexia (fever)
Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)Stomatitis (inflammation of mucous membrane of mouth)Obesity (a medical condition in which excess body fat)Electronystagmogram AbnormalAnxiety
Renal Impairment (severely reduced kidney function)Vestibular Disorder (disorders of the body's balance (vestibular) system in the inner ear)Lymphadenitis (inflammation or enlargement of a lymph node)Visual Disturbance NosDifficulty In WalkingAnaemia (lack of blood)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Drug ToxicityHistiocytosis HaematophagicOscillopsia (a visual disturbance in which objects in the visual field appear to oscillate)Nephritis Interstitial (a kidney condition characterized by swelling in between the kidney tubules)Injury
Blood Creatinine IncreasedVertigoTooth Infection (pus formation in tooth)Hypoaesthesia (reduced sense of touch or sensation)Balance DisorderDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Sepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)Ototoxicity (damage to the ear)StressDizzinessDizzinessNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Drug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic Symptoms (adverse drug reactions with rash)Vision BlurredRenal Impairment (severely reduced kidney function)Ear PainHypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)

Most common side effects by age * :

Neonatal Disorder (disease of neonates)Pyrexia (fever)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Pyrexia (fever)Pyrexia (fever)Pyrexia (fever)Pyrexia (fever)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
Intraventricular Haemorrhage Neonatal (intraventricular bleeding in newborn)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Pyrexia (fever)Rigors (an episode of shaking or exaggerated shivering)Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)Pyrexia (fever)
Pulmonary Haemorrhage (acute bleeding from the lung)Renal Tubular Necrosis (death of kidney tubules)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)AnxietyRigors (an episode of shaking or exaggerated shivering)Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Blood Creatinine Increased
Metabolic Acidosis (body produces too much acid, or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body)Brain Oedema (excess accumulation of fluid in the intracellular or extracellular spaces of the brain)VomitingPainHypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Multi-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (condition in which the ductus arteriosus does not close)Blood Creatinine IncreasedSepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)Drug IneffectiveRenal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Multi-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)PainPain
Condition AggravatedFebrile Neutropenia (fever with reduced white blood cells)Renal Tubular Necrosis (death of kidney tubules)Tachycardia Nos (a heart rate that exceeds the range of 100 beats/min)Drug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic Symptoms (adverse drug reactions with rash)PainHypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Sepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)Rash Maculo-papular (red area on the skin that is covered with small confluent bumps)AnxietyNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Anaemia (lack of blood)
Bradycardia Neonatal (sinus rhythm with a heart rate below the normal limit in newborn)Multi-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)Blood Creatinine IncreasedMulti-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Status Epilepticus (a life-threatening condition in which the brain is in a state of persistent seizure)HypersensitivityTremor Nec (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Blood Alkaline Phosphatase IncreasedRhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)
Treatment FailureWhite Blood Cell Count DecreasedNeutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Abdominal PainSepsis Nos (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)Rash (redness)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments for this study:

Jean (3 years ago):

My grandson passed away in 2008 In the autopsy it showed "somewhat flattened gyri" We are trying to figure out how this could have benn in a 9 1/2 month old. The only really odd thing he had happen was when he was born he started running a fever and was given gentimicin by an IV in the head. This IV infiltrated. Is there a connection. I know the hospital kept him an extra 489 hour and we had to apply heat packs to his head. Because of that I know it was serious.
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