Aldridge Case Essay

Submitted By Jennie-Krebs
Words: 558
Pages: 3

Drug Name
Trade/Generic
Classification
Uses
Adverse Reactions
Contraindications &/or Precautions
Patient Management Issues
Dose Range
Generic Name:
Gentamicin

Brand Names:
Garamycin, Gentak

Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics
Aminoglycoside antibiotic
Treats eye infections. Also may treat urinary tract infection, inflammation of heart valve, Staphylococcus bacteria infection, Pseudomonas infection, Bacterial Eye Infections, Soft tissue infection, Bacterial skin disease, infectious bone disease, respiratory tract infections, blood poisoning.
Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain, agitation, back pain, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine, blurred or double vision, burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations, change in frequency of urination or amount of urine, chest pain, chills, coma, confusion, continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears, cough, difficult or troubled breathing, difficulty with swallowing, dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position, drowsiness, dry mouth, eye pain, fast heartbeat, fever with or without chills, hallucinations, headache, hearing loss, hives, hoarseness, increased thirst, irregular heartbeats, irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing, irritability, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, mood or mental changes, muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face, muscle pain or weakness, muscle spasms (tetany) or twitching, nausea or vomiting, nervousness, numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet, pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin, pale skin, pinpoint red spots on the skin, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, right upper abdominal or stomach pain and fullness, seizures, sensation of spinning, skin rash, slow or fast heartbeat, slow or irregular breathing, sore throat, sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth, stiff neck, sweating, swelling of the feet or lower legs, swollen glands, tightness in the chest, trembling, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual tiredness or weakness, weight chest discomfort, weight loss, wheezing

This medication can cause serious kidney problems and nerve damage, resulting in permanent hearing loss (including deafness or decreased hearing) and balance problems. The risk is increased if you are older, already have kidney disease, or if you have a severe loss of body water (dehydration). Your risk is also…