What should I know about amikacin before taking it?

Amikacin is an antibiotic that is administered by injection, either intravenously (IV) or intramuscularly (IM). Amikacin has been known to cause kidney and nerve damage. If you have kidney disease or other conditions that affect your kidneys or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease), discuss the risks with your doctor before starting amikacin. Be aware of any allergies you may have to its ingredients, including sulfite sensitivities or reactions to other antibiotics. You should know that amikacin can have damaging effects on a fetus, and that pregnant women or those who are planning a pregnancy should not take the medication.

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