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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To monitor the level of an aminoglycoside antibiotic such as gentamicin, tobramycin, or amikacin in the blood to ensure adequate dosing and help avoid toxic side effects
When to Get Tested?
At regular intervals during treatment with an aminoglycoside
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?
None, but timing of the sample for testing is important; follow your healthcare provider's directions.