Label: GENTAMICIN- gentamicin sulfate injection, solution

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Updated November 10, 2023

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    Rx only

    To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of Gentamicin Injection, USP and other antibacterial drugs, Gentamicin Injection, USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.

  • BOXED WARNING (What is this?)


    Patients treated with aminoglycosides should be under close clinical observation because of the potential toxicity associated with their use.

    As with other aminoglycosides, gentamicin injection is potentially nephrotoxic.  The risk of nephrotoxicity is greater in patients with impaired renal function and in those who receive high dosage of prolonged therapy.

    Neurotoxicity manifested by ototoxicity, both vestibular and auditory, can occur in patients treated with gentamicin, primarily in those with pre-existing renal damage and in patients with normal renal function treated with higher doses and/or for longer periods than recommended.  Aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity is usually irreversible.  Other manifestations of neurotoxicity may include numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching and convulsions.

    Renal and eighth cranial nerve function should be closely monitored, especially in patients with known or suspected reduced renal function at onset of therapy and also in those whose renal function is initially normal but who develop signs of renal dysfunction during therapy.  Urine should be examined for decreased specific gravity, increased excretion of protein and the presence of cells or casts.  Blood urea nitrogen (BUN), serum creatinine or creatinine clearance should be determined periodically.  When feasible, it is recommended that serial audiograms be obtained in patients old enough to be tested, particularly high-risk patients.  Evidence of ototoxicity (dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, roaring in the ears or hearing loss) or nephrotoxicity requires dosage adjustment or discontinuance of the drug.  As with the other aminoglycosides, on rare occasions changes in renal and eighth cranial nerve function may not become manifest until soon after completion of therapy.

    Serum concentrations of aminoglycosides should be monitored when feasible to assure adequate levels and to avoid potentially toxic levels.  When monitoring gentamicin peak concentrations, dosage should be adjusted so that prolonged levels above 12 mcg/mL are avoided.  When monitoring gentamicin trough concentrations, dosage should be adjusted so that levels above 2 mcg/mL are avoided.  Excessive peak and/or trough serum concentrations of aminoglycosides may increase the risk of renal and eighth cranial nerve toxicity.

    In the event of overdosage or toxic reactions, hemodialysis may aid in the removal of gentamicin from the blood, especially if renal function is, or becomes, compromised.  The rate of removal of gentamicin is considerably lower by peritoneal dialysis than it is by hemodialysis.

    In the newborn infant, exchange transfusions may also be considered.

    Concurrent and/or sequential systemic or topical use of other potentially neurotoxic and/or nephrotoxic drugs, such as cisplatin, cephaloridine, kanamycin, amikacin, neomycin, polymyxin B, colistin, paromomycin, streptomycin, tobramycin, vancomycin and viomycin, should be avoided.  Other factors which may increase patient risk of toxicity are advanced age and dehydration.

    The concurrent use of gentamicin with potent diuretics, such as ethacrynic acid or furosemide, should be avoided, since certain diuretics by themselves may cause ototoxicity.  In addition, when administered intravenously, diuretics may enhance aminoglycoside toxicity by altering the antibiotic concentration in serum and tissue.

    Aminoglycosides can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman (see WARNINGS section).


    Gentamicin sulfate, a water-soluble antibiotic of the aminoglycoside group, is derived by the growth of Micromonospora purpurea, an actinomycete.

    It has the following structural formula.


    Gentamicin injection is a sterile, nonpyrogenic aqueous solution for parenteral administration.

    Each mL contains: Gentamicin sulfate equivalent to 40 mg gentamicin, methylparaben 1.8 mg and propylparaben 0.2 mg as preservatives, sodium metabisulfite 3.2 mg and edetate disodium 0.1 mg, Water for Injection q.s.  Sodium hydroxide and/or sulfuric acid may have been added for pH adjustment.


    After intramuscular (IM) administration of gentamicin sulfate, peak serum concentrations usually occur between 30 and 60 minutes and serum levels are measurable for six to eight hours.  When gentamicin is administered by intravenous (IV) infusion over a two-hour period, the serum concentrations are similar to those obtained by IM administration.

    In patients with normal renal function, peak serum concentrations of gentamicin (mcg/mL) are usually up to four times the single IM dose (mg/kg); for example, a 1 mg/kg injection in adults may be expected to result in a peak serum concentration up to 4 mcg/mL; a 1.5 mg/kg dose may produce levels up to 6 mcg/mL.  While some variation is to be expected due to a number of variables such as age, body temperature, surface area and physiologic differences, the individual patient given the same dose tends to have similar levels in repeated determinations.  Gentamicin administered at 1 mg/kg every eight hours for the usual 7 to 10 day treatment period to patients with normal renal function does not accumulate in the serum.

    Gentamicin, like all aminoglycosides, may accumulate in the serum and tissues of patients treated with higher doses and/or for prolonged periods, particularly in the presence of impaired renal function.  In adult patients, treatment with gentamicin dosages of 4 mg/kg/day or higher for 7 to 10 days may result in a slight, progressive rise in both peak and trough concentrations.  In patients with impaired renal function, gentamicin is cleared from the body more slowly than in patients with normal renal function.  The more severe the impairment, the slower the clearance.  (Dosage must be adjusted.)

    Since gentamicin is distributed in extra-cellular fluid, peak serum concentrations may be lower than usual in adult patients who have a large volume of this fluid.  Serum concentrations of gentamicin in febrile patients may be lower than those in afebrile patients given the same dose.  When body temperature returns to normal, serum concentrations of the drug may rise.  Febrile and anemic states may be associated with a shorter than usual serum half-life.  (Dosage adjustment is usually not necessary.)  In severely burned patients, the half-life may be significantly decreased and resulting serum concentrations may be lower than anticipated from the mg/kg dose.

    Protein binding studies have indicated that the degree of gentamicin binding is low; depending upon the methods used for testing, this may be between 0 and 30%.

    After initial administration to patients with normal renal function, generally 70% or more of the gentamicin dose is recoverable in the urine in 24 hours; concentrations in urine above 100 mcg/mL may be achieved.  Little, if any, metabolic transformation occurs; the drug is excreted principally by glomerular filtration.  After several days of treatment, the amount of gentamicin excreted in the urine approaches the daily dose administered.  As with other aminoglycosides, a small amount of the gentamicin dose may be retained in the tissues, especially in the kidneys.  Minute quantities of aminoglycosides have been detected in the urine weeks after drug administration was discontinued.  Renal clearance of gentamicin is similar to that of endogenous creatinine.

    In patients with marked impairment of renal function, there is a decrease in the concentration of aminoglycosides in urine and in their penetration into defective renal parenchyma.  This decreased drug excretion, together with the potential nephrotoxicity of aminoglycosides, should be considered when treating such patients who have urinary tract infections.

    Probenecid does not affect renal tubular transport of gentamicin.

    The endogenous creatinine clearance rate and the serum creatinine level have a high correlation with the half-life of gentamicin in serum.  Results of these tests may serve as guides for adjusting dosage in patients with renal impairment (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

    Following parenteral administration, gentamicin can be detected in serum, lymph, tissues, sputum and in pleural, synovial and peritoneal fluids.  Concentrations in renal cortex sometimes may be eight times higher than the usual serum levels.  Concentrations in bile, in general, have been low and have suggested minimal biliary excretion.  Gentamicin crosses the peritoneal as well as the placental membranes.  Since aminoglycosides diffuse poorly into the subarachnoid space after parenteral administration, concentrations of gentamicin in cerebrospinal fluid are often low and dependent upon dose, rate of penetration and degree of meningeal inflammation.  There is minimal penetration of gentamicin into ocular tissues following IM or IV administration.


    Mechanism of Action

    Gentamicin, an aminoglycoside, binds to the prokaryotic ribosome, inhibiting protein synthesis in susceptible bacteria.  It is bactericidal in vitroagainst Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

    Mechanism of  Resistance

    Bacterial resistance to gentamicin is generally developed slowly.  Bacteria resistant to one aminoglycoside may be resistant to one or more other aminoglycosides.  The following bacteria are usually resistant to the aminoglycosides, including gentamicin: most streptococcal species (including Streptococcus pneumoniaeand the Group D streptococci), most enterococcal species (including Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium,  and E. durans), and anaerobic organisms, such as Bacteroidesspecies and Clostridiumspecies.

    Aminoglycosides are known to be not effective against Salmonellaand Shigellaspecies in patients.  Therefore, in vitrosusceptibility test results should not be reported.

    Interactions with Other Antimicrobials

    In vitrostudies show that an aminoglycoside combined with an antibiotic that interferes with cell wall synthesis may act synergistically against some enterococcal strains. The combination of gentamicin and penicillin G has a synergistic bactericidal effect against strains of Enterococcus faecalis, E. faeciumand E. durans.  An enhanced killing effect against many of these strains has also been shown in vitrowith combinations of gentamicin and ampicillin, carbenicillin, nafcillin or oxacillin.

    The combined effect of gentamicin and carbenicillin is synergistic for many strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosaIn vitrosynergism against other Gram-negative organisms has been shown with combinations of gentamicin and cephalosporins. 

    Gentamicin may be active against clinical isolates of bacteria resistant to other aminoglycosides.

    Antibacterial Activity

    Gentamicin has been shown to be active against most of the following bacteria, both in vitroand in clinical infections (see INDICATIONS AND USAGE).

    Gram-Positive Bacteria


    Gram-Negative Bacteria



    Escherichia  coli




    Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Susceptibility Test Methods

    When available, the clinical microbiology laboratory should provide cumulative results of the  in vitro susceptibility tests for antimicrobial drugs used in local hospitals and practice areas to the physician as periodic reports that describe the susceptibility profile of nosocomial and community-acquired pathogens.  These reports should aid the physician in selecting an antimicrobial drug for treatment.

    Dilution Technique

    Quantitative methods are used to determine antimicrobial minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs).  These MICs provide estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds.  The MICs should be determined using a standardized test method. 1, 3Standardized procedures are based on a dilution method  (broth or agar) or equivalent with standardized inoculum concentrations and standardized concentrations of gentamicin powder.  The MIC values should be interpreted according to the criteria provided in Table 1.

    Diffusion Technique

    Quantitative methods that require measurement of zone diameters also provide reproducible estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds.  The zone size should be determined using a standardized test method.  The standardized procedure requires the use of standardized inoculum concentrations and paper disks impregnated with 10 mcg of gentamicin. 2, 3 The disk diffusion values should be interpreted according to the criteria provided in Table 1.

    Table 1: Susceptibility Interpretive Criteria for Gentamicin  

    Susceptibility Interpretive Criteria
    Minimal Inhibitory Concentration

    Zone Diameter

                                               (S)                (I)               (R)              (S)                (I)               (R)
    Enterobacteriaceae a
    13 to 14
    13 to 14
    Species b
    13 to 14

         S = Susceptible, I = Intermediate, R = Resistant

        aFor Salmonellaand Shigellaspp., aminoglycosides may appear active in vitrobut are not

          effective clinically; the results should not be reported as susceptible

         bFor staphylococci that test susceptible, aminoglycosides are used only in combination with

          other active agents that test susceptible

    A report of Susceptible (S) indicates that the antimicrobial is likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial compound reaches the concentration usually achievable at the infection site necessary to inhibit growth of the pathogen.  A report of Intermediate (I) indicates that the result should be considered equivocal, and if the microorganism is not fully susceptible to alternative clinically feasible drugs, the test should be repeated.  This category implies possible clinical applicability in body sites where the drug is physiologically concentrated or in situations where a high dosage of the drug can be used.  This category also provides a buffer zone that prevents small uncontrolled technical factors from causing major discrepancies in interpretation.  A report of Resistant (R) indicates that the antimicrobial is not likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial compound reaches the concentrations usually achievable at the infection site; other therapy should be selected.

    Quality Control

    Standardized susceptibility test procedures require the use of laboratory controls to monitor and ensure the accuracy and precision of supplies and reagents used in the assay, and the techniques of the individuals performing the test. 1, 2, 3  Standard gentamicin powder should provide the following range of MIC values provided in Table 2.  For the diffusion technique using the 10-mcg gentamicin disk the criteria provided in Table 2 should be achieved.

    Table 2:  Acceptable Quality Control Ranges for Gentamicin

    Quality Control Organism
    Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (mcg/mL)
    Zone Diameter (mm)
    Escherichia coli 
    ATCC 25922
    0.25 to 1
    19 to 26
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa 
    ATCC 27853
    0.5 to 2
    17 to 23
    Staphylococcus aureus
    ATCC 25923
    Not Applicable
    19 to 27
    Staphylococcus aureus
    ATCC 29213
    0.12 to 1
    Not Applicable
    Enterococcus faecalis
    ATCC 29212
    4 to 16
    Not Applicable

    Note: For control organisms for gentamicin high-level aminoglycoside screen tests for enterococci, see Table 3I 3


    To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of Gentamicin Injection, USP and other antibacterial drugs, Gentamicin Injection, USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria.  When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy.  In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.

    Gentamicin Injection, USP is indicated in the treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible strains of the following microorganisms: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteusspecies (indole-positive and indole-negative), Escherichia coli, Klebsiella-Enterobacter-Serratiaspecies, Citrobacterspecies and Staphylococcusspecies (coagulase-positive and coagulase-negative).

    Clinical studies have shown gentamicin injection to be effective in bacterial neonatal sepsis; bacterial septicemia and serious bacterial infections of the central nervous system (meningitis), urinary tract, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract (including peritonitis), skin, bone and soft tissue (including burns).  Aminoglycosides, including gentamicin, are not indicated in uncomplicated initial episodes of urinary tract infections unless the causative organisms are susceptible to these antibiotics and are not susceptible to antibiotics having less potential for toxicity.

    Specimens for bacterial culture should be obtained to isolate and identify causative organisms and to determine their susceptibility to gentamicin.

    Gentamicin injection may be considered as initial therapy in suspected or confirmed gram-negative infections, and therapy may be instituted before obtaining results of susceptibility testing.  The decision to continue therapy with this drug should be based on the results of susceptibility tests, the severity of the infection and the important additional concepts contained in the BOXED WARNINGS.  If the causative organisms are resistant to gentamicin, other appropriate therapy should be instituted.

    In serious infections when the causative organisms are unknown, gentamicin injection may be administered as initial therapy in conjunction with a penicillin-type or cephalosporin-type drug before obtaining results of susceptibility testing.  If anaerobic organisms are suspected as etiologic agents, consideration should be given to using other suitable antimicrobial therapy in conjunction with gentamicin.  Following identification of the organism and its susceptibility, appropriate antibiotic therapy should then be continued.

    Gentamicin injection has been used effectively in combination with carbenicillin for the treatment of life-threatening infections caused by Pseudomonas  aeruginosa.  It has also been found effective when used in conjunction with a penicillin-type drug for treatment of endocarditis caused by group D streptococci.

    Gentamicin injection has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of serious staphylococcal infections.  While not the antibiotic of first choice, gentamicin injection may be considered when penicillins or other less potentially toxic drugs are contraindicated and bacterial susceptibility tests and clinical judgment indicate its use.  It may also be considered in mixed infections caused by susceptible strains of staphylococci and gram-negative organisms.

    In the neonate with suspected bacterial sepsis or staphylococcal pneumonia, a penicillin-type drug is also usually indicated as concomitant therapy with gentamicin.


    Hypersensitivity to gentamicin is a contraindication to its use.  A history of hypersensitivity or serious toxic reactions to other aminoglycosides may contraindicate use of gentamicin because of the known cross-sensitivity of patients to drugs in this class.



    Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people.  The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low.  Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in non-asthmatic people.

    Aminoglycosides can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman.  Aminoglycoside antibiotics cross the placenta, and there have been several reports of total irreversible bilateral congenital deafness in children whose mothers received streptomycin during pregnancy.  Serious side effects to mother, fetus or newborn have not been reported in the treatment of pregnant women with other aminoglycosides.  Animal reproduction studies conducted on rats and rabbits did not reveal evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus due to gentamicin sulfate.

    It is not known whether gentamicin sulfate can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity.  If gentamicin is used during pregnancy or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking gentamicin, she should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.



    Prescribing Gentamicin Injection, USP in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

    Neurotoxic and nephrotoxic antibiotics may be almost completely absorbed from body surfaces (except urinary bladder) after local irrigation and after topical application during surgical procedures.  The potential toxic effects of antibiotics administered in this fashion (neuromuscular blockage, respiratory paralysis, oto- and nephrotoxicity) should be considered (see BOXED WARNINGS).

    Increased nephrotoxicity has been reported following concomitant administration of aminoglycoside antibiotics and cephalosporins.

    Neuromuscular blockade and respiratory paralysis have been reported in the cat receiving high doses (40 mg/kg) of gentamicin.  The possibility of these phenomena occurring in man should be considered if aminoglycosides are administered by any route to patients receiving anesthetics, or to patients receiving neuromuscular blocking agents, such as succinylcholine, tubocurarine or decamethonium, or in patients receiving massive transfusions of citrate-anticoagulated blood.  If neuromuscular blockade occurs, calcium salts may reverse it.

    Aminoglycosides should be used with caution in patients with neuromuscular disorders, such as myasthenia gravis or parkinsonism, since these drugs may aggravate muscle weakness because of their potential curare-like effects on the neuromuscular junction.  During or following gentamicin therapy, paresthesias, tetany, positive Chvostek and Trousseau signs and mental confusion have been described in patients with hypomagnesemia, hypocalcemia and hypokalemia.  When this has occurred in infants, tetany and muscle weakness has been described.  Both adults and infants required corrective electrolyte therapy.

    Elderly patients may have reduced renal function which may not be evident in the results of routine screening tests such as BUN or serum creatinine.  A creatinine clearance determination may be more useful.  Monitoring of renal function during treatment with gentamicin, as with other aminoglycosides, is particularly important in such patients.  A Fanconi-like syndrome, with aminoaciduria and metabolic acidosis has been reported in some adults and infants being given gentamicin injections.

    Cross-allergenicity among aminoglycosides has been demonstrated.

    Patients should be well hydrated during treatment.

    Although the in vitromixing of gentamicin and carbenicillin results in a rapid and significant inactivation of gentamicin, this interaction has not been demonstrated in patients with normal renal function who received both drugs by different routes of administration.  A reduction in gentamicin serum half-life has been reported in patients with severe renal impairment receiving carbenicillin concomitantly with gentamicin.

    Treatment with gentamicin may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms.  If this occurs, appropriate therapy is indicated.

    See BOXED WARNINGSregarding concurrent use of potent diuretics and regarding concurrent and/or sequential use of other neurotoxic and/or for other essential information.

    Information for Patients

    Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including Gentamicin Injection, USP should only be used to treat bacterial infections.  They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold).  When Gentamicin Injection, USP is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed.  Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by Gentamicin Injection, USP or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

    Pregnancy Category D

    See WARNINGS section.


    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC at 1-800-551-7176 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or


    Adverse renal effects, as demonstrated by the presence of casts, cells or protein in the urine or by rising BUN, NPN, serum creatinine or oliguria, have been reported.  They occur more frequently in patients with a history of renal impairment (especially if dialysis is required) and in patients treated for longer periods or with larger doses than recommended.


    Serious adverse effects on both vestibular and auditory branches of the eighth nerve have been reported, primarily in patients with renal impairment (especially if hemodialysis is required) and in patients on high doses and/or prolonged therapy.  Symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, roaring in the ears and also hearing loss, which, as with the other aminoglycosides, may be irreversible.  Hearing loss is usually manifested initially by diminution of high-tone acuity.  Other factors which may increase the risk of toxicity include excessive dosage, dehydration and previous exposure to other ototoxic drugs.

    Peripheral neuropathy or encephalopathy, including numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, convulsions and a myasthenia gravis-like syndrome have been reported.

    NOTE:The risk of toxic reactions is low in patients with normal renal function who did not receive gentamicin sulfate at higher doses or for longer periods of time than recommended.

    Other reported adverse reactions possibly related to gentamicin include: respiratory depression, lethargy, confusion, depression, visual disturbances, decreased appetite, weight loss and hypotension and hypertension; rash, itching, urticaria, generalized burning, laryngeal edema, anaphylactoid reactions, fever and headache; nausea, vomiting, increased salivation and stomatitis; purpura, pseudotumor cerebri, acute organic brain syndrome, pulmonary fibrosis, alopecia, joint pain, transient hepatomegaly and splenomegaly.

    Laboratory abnormalities possibly related to gentamicin include: increased levels of serum transaminase (SGOT, SGPT), serum LDH and bilirubin; decreased serum calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium; anemia, leukopenia, granulocytopenia, transient agranulocytosis, eosinophilia, increased and decreased reticulocyte counts and thrombocytopenia.  While clinical laboratory test abnormalities may be isolated findings, they may also be associated with clinically related signs and symptoms.  For example, tetany and muscle weakness may be associated with hypomagnesemia, hypocalcemia and hypokalemia.

    While the local tolerance of gentamicin sulfate is generally excellent, there has been an occasional report of pain at the injection site.  Subcutaneous atrophy or fat necrosis suggesting local irritation has been reported rarely.


    In the event of overdosage or toxic reactions, hemodialysis may aid in the removal of gentamicin from the blood, especially if renal function is, or becomes, compromised.  The rate of removal of gentamicin is considerably lower by peritoneal dialysis than it is by hemodialysis.


    Gentamicin injection may be given IM or IV.  The patient’s pretreatment body weight should be obtained for calculation of correct dosage.  The dosage of aminoglycosides in obese patients should be based on an estimate of the lean body mass.  It is desirable to limit the duration of treatment with aminoglycosides to short term.

                                                                  PATIENTS WITH NORMAL

                                                                     RENAL FUNCTION


    The recommended dosage of gentamicin injection for patients with serious infections and normal renal function is 3 mg/kg/day, administered in three equal doses every eight hours (Table 3).

    For patients with life-threatening infections, dosages up to 5 mg/kg/day may be administered in three or four equal doses.  This dosage should be reduced to 3 mg/kg/day as soon as clinically indicated (Table 3).

    It is desirable to measure both peak and trough serum concentrations of gentamicin to determine the adequacy and safety of the dosage.  When such measurements are feasible, they should be carried out periodically during therapy to assure adequate but not excessive drug levels.  For example, the peak concentration (at 30 to 60 minutes after IM injection) is expected to be in the range of 4 to 6 mcg/mL.  When monitoring peak concentrations after IM or IV administration, dosage should be adjusted so that prolonged levels above 12 mcg/mL are avoided.  When monitoring trough concentrations (just prior to the next dose), dosage should be adjusted so that levels above 2 mcg/mL are avoided.  Determination of the adequacy of a serum level for a particular patient must take into consideration the susceptibility of the causative organism, the severity of the infection and the status of the patient’s host-defense mechanisms.

    In patients with extensive burns, altered pharmacokinetics may result in reduced serum concentrations of aminoglycosides.  In such patients treated with gentamicin, measurement of serum concentrations is recommended as a basis for dosage adjustment.


                                  (Dosage at Eight-Hour Intervals)

                                               40 mg per mL


    Usual Dose for


    1 mg/kg q8h

    (3 mg/kg/day)

    Dose for

    Infections (Reduce

    As Soon As

    Clinically Indicated)

    1.7 mg/kg q8h**

    (5 mg/kg/day)










    ( 88 )






    ( 99)







































































    *The dosage of aminoglycosides in obese patients should be based on
        an estimate of the lean body mass.

    **for q6h schedules, dosage should be recalculated.


    6 to 7.5 mg/kg/day (2 to 2.5 mg/kg administered every eight hours).

    Infants and Neonates

    7.5 mg/kg/day (2.5 mg/kg administered every eight hours).

    Premature or Full-Term Neonates One Week of Age or Less

    5 mg/kg/day (2.5 mg/kg administered every 12 hours).

    For further information concerning the use of gentamicin in infants and children, see gentamicin injection (pediatric) product information.

    The usual duration of treatment for all patients is 7 to 10 days.  In difficult and complicated infections, a longer course of therapy may be necessary.  In such cases monitoring of renal, auditory and vestibular functions is recommended, since toxicity is more apt to occur with treatment extended for more than 10 days.  Dosage should be reduced if clinically indicated.

                                                                  FOR INTRAVENOUS ADMINISTRATION

    The IV administration of gentamicin may be particularly useful for treating patients with bacterial septicemia or those in shock.  It may also be the preferred route of administration for some patients with congestive heart failure, hematologic disorders, severe burns or those with reduced muscle mass.  For intermittent IV administration in adults, a single dose of gentamicin injection may be diluted in 50 to 200 mL of sterile isotonic saline solution or in a sterile solution of dextrose 5% in water; in infants and children, the volume of diluent should be less.  The solution may be infused over a period of one-half to two hours.

    The recommended dosage for IM and IV administration is identical.

    Gentamicin injection should not be physically premixed with other drugs, but should be administered separately in accordance with the recommended route of administration and dosage schedule. 

                                                                          PATIENTS WITH IMPAIRED

                                                                               RENAL FUNCTION

    Dosage must be adjusted in patients with impaired renal function to assure therapeutically adequate, but not excessive blood levels.  Whenever possible serum concentration of gentamicin should be monitored.  One method of dosage adjustment is to increase the interval between administration of the usual doses.  Since the serum creatinine concentration has a high correlation with the serum half-life of gentamicin, this laboratory test may provide guidance for adjustment of the interval between doses.  The interval between doses (in hours) may be approximated by multiplying the serum creatinine level (mg/100 mL) by 8.  For example, a patient weighing 60 kg with a serum creatinine level of 2 mg/100 mL could be given 60 mg (1 mg/kg) every 16 hours (2 x 8).

    In patients with serious systemic infections and renal impairment, it may be desirable to administer the antibiotic more frequently but in reduced dosage.  In such patients, serum concentrations of gentamicin should be measured so that adequate but not excessive levels result.  A peak and trough concentration measured intermittently during therapy will provide optimal guidance for adjusting dosage.  After the usual initial dose, a rough guide for determining reduced dosage at eight-hour intervals is to divide the normally recommended dose by the serum creatinine level (Table 4).  For example, after an initial dose of 60 mg (1 mg/kg), a patient weighing 60 kg with a serum creatinine level of 2 mg/100 mL could be given 30 mg every eight hours (60 ÷ 2).  It should be noted that the status of renal function may be changing over the course of the infectious process.

    It is important to recognize that deteriorating renal function may require a greater reduction in dosage than that specified in the above guidelines for patients with stable renal impairment.


    (Dosage at Eight-Hour Intervals After the Usual Initial Dose)


    (mg %)


    Clearance Rate

    (mL/min/1.73m 2)

    Percent of
    Usual Doses

    Shown Above

        > 100

      1.1 to 1.3
     70 to 100


      1.4 to 1.6
    55 to 70


      1.7 to 1.9
    45 to 55


         2 to 2.2
    40 to 45


      2.3 to 2.5
    35 to 40


      2.6 to 3
    30 to 35


      3.1 to 3.5
    25 to 30


      3.6 to 4

    20 to 25


      4.1 to 5.1

    15 to 20


      5.2 to 6.6

    10 to 15


      6.7 to 8

         < 10

    In adults with renal failure undergoing hemodialysis, the amount of gentamicin removed from the blood may vary depending upon several factors including the dialysis method used.  An eight-hour hemodialysis may reduce serum concentrations of gentamicin by approximately 50%.  The recommended dosage at the end of each dialysis period is 1 to 1.7 mg/kg depending upon the severity of the infection.  In children, a dose of 2 mg/kg may be administered.

    The above dosage schedules are not intended as rigid recommendations but are provided as guides to dosage when measurement of gentamicin serum level is not feasible.

    A variety of methods are available to measure gentamicin concentrations in body fluids; these include microbiologic, enzymatic and radioimmunoassay techniques.

    Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.


    Gentamicin Injection, USP, containing gentamicin 40 mg per mL is supplied as follows:

    Product CodeUnit of Sale
    1002NDC 63323-010-02 Unit of 2580 mg per 2 mL
    (40 mg per mL)
    NDC 63323-010-01
    2 mL Multiple Dose Vial
    1020NDC 63323-010-20 Unit of 25800 mg per 20 mL
    (40 mg per mL)
    NDC 63323-010-03
    20 mL Multiple Dose Vial

    Also available, Gentamicin Injection (Pediatric), 20 mg per 2 mL (10 mg per mL), supplied in 2 mL (20 mg) vials in packages of 25.

    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

    The container closure is not made with natural rubber latex. 


    1. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). Methods for Dilution Antimicrobial Susceptibility Tests for Bacteria that Grow Aerobically; Approved Standard – Tenth Edition.  CLSI document M07-A10, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087, USA, 2015.
    2. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Disk Diffusion Susceptibility Tests; Approved Standard – Twelfth Edition. CLSI document M02-A12, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087, USA, 2015.
    3. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing; Twenty-fifth Informational Supplement. CLSI document M100-S25, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087, USA, 2015.

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    Injection, USP

    80 mg per 2 mL

    (40 mg per mL*)

    *Gentamicin equivalent

    For IM or IV Use.


    2 mLMultiple Dose Vial Rx only



    NDC 71872-7311-1

    GentamicinInjection, USP

    80 mg per 2 mL

    (40 mg per mL*)

    *Gentamicin equivalent

    For intramuscular or intravenous use.


    1 x 2 mLMultiple Dose Vial

    Rx only


    gentamicin sulfate injection, solution
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:71872-7311(NDC:63323-010)
    Route of AdministrationINTRAMUSCULAR, INTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    EDETATE DISODIUM (UNII: 7FLD91C86K) 0.1 mg  in 1 mL
    PROPYLPARABEN (UNII: Z8IX2SC1OH) 0.2 mg  in 1 mL
    METHYLPARABEN (UNII: A2I8C7HI9T) 1.8 mg  in 1 mL
    WATER (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:71872-7311-11 in 1 BAG09/22/2023
    12 mL in 1 VIAL; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    Labeler - Medical Purchasing Solutions, LLC (601458529)
    NameAddressID/FEIBusiness Operations
    Medical Purchasing Solutions, LLC601458529repack(71872-7311)