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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.

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What is Gentamicin

Gentamicin (latest outcomes from 8,317 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 Sep, 2, 2014: 8,258 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 AcuteBalance DisorderJuvenile ArthritisHepatic Function AbnormalBalance DisorderRenal Failure AcuteRash GeneralisedPain
Renal FailureRenal Failure AcuteUpper Respiratory Tract InflammationHyperlipidaemiaOtotoxicityRenal Tubular NecrosisRenal Failure Acute
PyrexiaPyrexiaWhite Blood Cell Count DecreasedDiabetes MellitusTinnitusFeeling DrunkRenal Failure
Multi-organ FailureDizzinessInfluenzaVision BlurredImpaired Driving AbilityPyrexia
NeutropeniaMalaiseStomatitisObesityElectronystagmogram AbnormalAnxiety
Renal ImpairmentVestibular DisorderLymphadenitisVisual Disturbance NosDifficulty In WalkingAnaemia
ThrombocytopeniaDrug ToxicityHistiocytosis HaematophagicOscillopsiaNephritis InterstitialInjury
Blood Creatinine IncreasedVision BlurredTooth InfectionHypoaesthesiaBalance DisorderDyspnoea
Drug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic SymptomsTinnitusRenal ImpairmentEar PainHypotension

Most common side effects by age * :

Neonatal DisorderPyrexiaRenal Failure AcutePyrexiaPyrexiaPyrexiaPyrexiaRenal Failure Acute
Intraventricular Haemorrhage NeonatalRenal Failure AcutePyrexiaRigorsPruritusRenal Failure AcuteRenal FailurePyrexia
Pulmonary HaemorrhageRenal Tubular NecrosisNauseaAnxietyRigorsRenal FailureRenal Failure AcuteBlood Creatinine Increased
Metabolic AcidosisBrain OedemaVomitingPainHypotensionNauseaMulti-organ FailureHypotension
Patent Ductus ArteriosusBlood Creatinine IncreasedSepsisDrug IneffectiveRenal Failure AcuteMulti-organ FailurePainPain
Condition AggravatedFebrile NeutropeniaRenal Tubular NecrosisTachycardia NosDrug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic SymptomsPainHypotensionNausea
Renal Failure AcuteRenal FailureHypotensionSepsisRash Maculo-papularAnxietyNauseaRenal Failure
Bradycardia NeonatalMulti-organ FailureBlood Creatinine IncreasedMulti-organ FailureNeutropeniaDyspnoeaThrombocytopeniaAnaemia
ThrombocytopeniaStatus EpilepticusHypersensitivityTremor NecBlood Alkaline Phosphatase IncreasedRhabdomyolysisMyocardial InfarctionThrombocytopenia
Treatment FailureWhite Blood Cell Count DecreasedNeutropeniaHypotensionAbdominal PainSepsis NosRashDyspnoea

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments for this study:

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 (6 months 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.


  • From this study (9 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.


  • From this study (10 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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