Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take this medication.
Hearing loss: Amikacin can cause hearing loss. People with a history of hearing loss should not take this medication if possible. If you experience any hearing loss, dizziness, or ringing ears while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Kidney function: Amikacin can cause kidney damage. If you have reduced kidney function or kidney disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Overgrowth of organisms: During prolonged or repeated treatment with amikacin, other bacteria or fungi may be allowed to overgrow. If your condition does not improve or worsens while taking this medication, contact your doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking amikacin, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Premature babies and young infants may require regular blood tests to ensure that the child is receiving the most appropriate dose.
Seniors: Seniors may be more likely to experience side effects associated with amikacin. They may need a lower dose or be put on a less frequent dosing schedule.