12.01 Gentamicin (Garamycin)

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Generic Name

Gentamicin

Trade Name

Cidomycin

Indication

Treatment of gram negative infections when penicillin is ineffective

Action

Inhibits bacterial protein synthesis

Therapeutic Class

Anti-infectives

Pharmacologic Class

Aminoglycoside

Nursing Considerations

• Causes tinnitus-hearing loss/do not administer with penicillin
• Use caution in renal impairment
• Assess for infection
• Obtain cultures prior to therapy
• Monitor liver function tests
• Monitor blood levels of drug

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