SN instructed patient/ caregiver about Gentamicin. SN explained that Gentamicin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. Gentamicin is used to treat severe or serious bacterial infections. You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to gentamicin or similar antibiotics such as amikacin, kanamycin, neomycin, paromomycin, streptomycin, or tobramycin. Common side effects may include: vision problems; nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss; a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; itching or rash; pain where the medicine was injected; a headache, mood changes; or joint pain. Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
SN advised patient and caregiver to report any signs and symptoms of ototoxicity or nephrotoxicity. Caregiver verbalizzed understanding of instructions given.
SN instructed patient and caregiver to maintain adequate fluid intake and avoid dehydration during drug therapy, as this may increase risk for toxicity. Caregiver verbalized understanding of instructions given.
SN advised patient on some serious adverse effects of gentamycin such as: neuromuscular blockade finding, ototoxicity, nephrotoxicity, respiratory tract paralysis, concomitant anesthesia, and muscle relaxants.
SN advised patient to report signs or symptoms or ototoxicity or nephrotoxicity during gentamycin therapy.
SN advised patient to maintain adequate fluid intake and avoid dehydration during gentamycin therapy as this may increase risk for toxicity.