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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 8,258 people who have side effects while taking Gentamicin from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

What is Gentamicin

Gentamicin (latest outcomes from 8,316 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 Apr, 8, 2014: 8,258 people who reported to have side effects when taking Gentamicin are studied

Trend of Gentamicin's drug interactions, side effects, and effectiveness reports

Most common Gentamicin side effects*:

If people were to have side effects while taking Gentamicin, what are they:

(1) Pyrexia (fever): 2,755 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old

(2) Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction): 1,468 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old, and can be severe

(3) Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction): 1,248 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old, and can be severe

(4) Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure): 927 reports. It's more common among females aged 60+ years old

(5) Pain: 772 reports. It's more common among females aged 60+ years old, and is moderate

(6) Sepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death): 759 reports. It's more common among females aged 60+ years old

(7) Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit): 721 reports. It's more common among females aged 60+ years old

(8) Blood Creatinine Increased: 710 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old

(9) Multi-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure): 614 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old

(10) Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood): 613 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old


If people were to have side effects after taking Gentamicin for a long term (> 1 year), what are they:

(1) Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin): 12 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

(2) Hyperlipidaemia (presence of excess lipids in the blood): 8 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

(3) Hepatic Function Abnormal: 8 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

(4) Obesity (a medical condition in which excess body fat): 6 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

(5) Balance Disorder: 6 reports. It's more common among males aged 60+ years old, and can be severe

(6) Dizziness: 6 reports. It's more common among females aged 50-59 years old

(7) Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction): 6 reports. It's more common among males aged 2-9 years old

(8) Vision Blurred: 6 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

(9) Oscillopsia (a visual disturbance in which objects in the visual field appear to oscillate): 4 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

(10) Feeling Abnormal: 4 reports. It's more common among females aged 40-49 years old

Gentamicin side effects in men:

(1) Pyrexia: 469 reports.

(2) Renal failure acute: 412 reports.

(3) Renal failure: 208 reports.

(4) Blood creatinine increased: 202 reports.

(5) Multi-organ failure: 199 reports.

(6) Hypotension: 186 reports.

(7) Thrombocytopenia: 169 reports.

(8) Pain: 148 reports.

(9) Sepsis: 145 reports.

(10) Nausea: 142 reports.

Gentamicin side effects by age*:

Gentamicin side effects in children aged 0-1:

(1) Neonatal disorder: 43 reports.

(2) Intraventricular haemorrhage neonatal: 30 reports.

(3) Pulmonary haemorrhage: 28 reports.

(4) Metabolic acidosis: 27 reports.

(5) Renal failure acute: 26 reports.

(6) Bradycardia neonatal: 25 reports.

(7) Patent ductus arteriosus: 24 reports.

(8) Condition aggravated: 24 reports.

(9) Oxygen saturation decreased: 21 reports.

(10) Thrombocytopenia: 18 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in children aged 2-9:

(1) Pyrexia: 59 reports.

(2) Renal failure acute: 56 reports.

(3) Renal tubular necrosis: 29 reports.

(4) Blood creatinine increased: 28 reports.

(5) Brain oedema: 25 reports.

(6) Febrile neutropenia: 23 reports.

(7) Renal failure: 22 reports.

(8) Multi-organ failure: 21 reports.

(9) Status epilepticus: 21 reports.

(10) Dystonia: 20 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in people aged 10-19:

(1) Renal failure acute: 89 reports.

(2) Pyrexia: 56 reports.

(3) Nausea: 42 reports.

(4) Drug interaction: 38 reports.

(5) Vomiting: 28 reports.

(6) Sepsis: 25 reports.

(7) Dyspnoea: 22 reports.

(8) Renal tubular necrosis: 21 reports.

(9) Neutropenia: 19 reports.

(10) Blood creatinine increased: 19 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in people aged 20-29:

(1) Pyrexia: 74 reports.

(2) Rigors: 39 reports.

(3) Tachycardia nos: 26 reports.

(4) Anxiety: 25 reports.

(5) Tremor nec: 24 reports.

(6) Pain: 24 reports.

(7) Drug ineffective: 21 reports.

(8) Sepsis: 19 reports.

(9) Nervousness: 18 reports.

(10) Hypotension: 17 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in people aged 30-39:

(1) Pyrexia: 107 reports.

(2) Rigors: 49 reports.

(3) Pruritus: 42 reports.

(4) Hypotension: 41 reports.

(5) Drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms: 33 reports.

(6) Renal failure acute: 32 reports.

(7) Rash maculo-papular: 27 reports.

(8) Neutropenia: 26 reports.

(9) Renal failure: 25 reports.

(10) Blood alkaline phosphatase increased: 24 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in people aged 40-49:

(1) Pyrexia: 96 reports.

(2) Renal failure acute: 44 reports.

(3) Renal failure: 43 reports.

(4) Nausea: 42 reports.

(5) Multi-organ failure: 37 reports.

(6) Dyspnoea: 37 reports.

(7) Anxiety: 35 reports.

(8) Pain: 35 reports.

(9) Drug interaction: 32 reports.

(10) Hypotension: 32 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in people aged 50-59:

(1) Pyrexia: 120 reports.

(2) Renal failure: 75 reports.

(3) Renal failure acute: 72 reports.

(4) Multi-organ failure: 64 reports.

(5) Nausea: 63 reports.

(6) Pain: 62 reports.

(7) Hypotension: 58 reports.

(8) Thrombocytopenia: 49 reports.

(9) Myocardial infarction: 47 reports.

(10) Metabolic acidosis: 40 reports.

Gentamicin side effects in people aged 60+:

(1) Renal failure acute: 397 reports.

(2) Pyrexia: 319 reports.

(3) Blood creatinine increased: 200 reports.

(4) Anaemia: 181 reports.

(5) Hypotension: 179 reports.

(6) Pain: 176 reports.

(7) Renal failure: 165 reports.

(8) Nausea: 165 reports.

(9) Thrombocytopenia: 146 reports.

(10) Haemoglobin decreased: 138 reports.

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Jean (2 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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  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • 8 yr old son admitted to hospital 5 days ago (sat morning). Started feeling unwell on the Thursday - with very high fever (40.3) shivers and slight right side pain comes and goes but not writhing in pain. Temp spikes consistently (40.2). Was sick on sat and sun, not sick since but nausea comes and goes. First they thought strep A but bloods confirmed it wasn't. Ultrasound yesterday brought up kidney inflammation. Gave him gentamicin yesterday aft, a one off IV dose. Topped up with broad spectrum antibiotics, via IV. History of chronic constipation, tummy was full of pooh at ultrasound, passed massive pooh last night. Movicol via mouth started yesterday, 2 per day, increasing to 4 per day from today. No improvement in him to look at. Extremely tired, pale and last night had temp spikes and cold sweats, had to change bedding twice. Is this the low before the high? Also when he gets temp spike and shivers , it sounds like his tummy is rumbling and he feels sick. Never once complained if pain passing urine. Urine smelt strong yest, tested and shows blood and protein, been sent to lab, awaiting results. Am I being neurotic? My instinct is not happy. Any advice greatly received please. Thank you.

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  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • Gentamicin put in IV just before lithotripsy procedure. Within 30 min. A-Fib and high blood pressure.
    Procedure cancelled. Takaing propafenone HCL 225 mg now.

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  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • Hearing perfectly fine until gentamycen administered, crackling in ears at that time, then total loss of hearing in right ear. Symptoms of blood poisoning - couldn't pee, fever, felt terrible.

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