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Aminoglycoside Antibiotics

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Also known as: [Sometimes referred to by brand name (see MedlinePlus Drug Information)]
Formal name: Gentamicin; Tobramycin; Amikacin

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

Sample Required?

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.