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Kanamycin (kan a MYE sin)

Pediatric Medication

Warning

  • This drug may cause kidney problems, nerve damage, and long-lasting hearing loss, even at normal doses. The risk may be higher in older people or people who have fluid loss. Hearing loss can happen even after this drug is stopped. If your child already has kidney problems or hearing problems, tell the doctor. This drug may need to be stopped by the doctor if your child gets kidney or hearing problems. The doctor will watch your child closely and may run hearing or kidney tests. Do not give this drug to your child with other drugs that may cause nerve, kidney, or hearing problems. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat bacterial infections.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to kanamycin or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has hearing loss, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has a change in balance.
  • If your child is feeling very tired or sleepy.
  • If your child is feeling very nervous and excitable.
  • If your child has a very bad upset stomach or is throwing up.
  • If your child has very loose stools (diarrhea), even after drug is stopped.
  • If your child has a change in hearing.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Headache.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Change in hearing may rarely happen.
  • Harm to the kidneys may rarely happen.
  • Feeling tired or weak.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2012-05-29

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