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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Gentamicin (gentamicin systemic) is a member of the drug class aminoglycosides and is used to treat Bacteremia, Bacterial Endocarditis Prevention, Bacterial Infection, Bone infection, Brucellosis, Burns - External, Cystic Fibrosis, Endocarditis, Endometritis, Febrile Neutropenia, Intraabdominal Infection, Kidney Infections, Meningitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Peritonitis, Plague, Pneumonia, Rabbit Fever, Skin or Soft Tissue Infection and Surgical Prophylaxis.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Category

Antibacterial: Aminoglycoside

Chemical Name

An antibiotic complex of tree different closely related aminoglycoside sulfates, Gentamicin C₁, C₁a, and C₂, obtained from Micromonospora purpurea and related species.

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Gentamicin (OS: BAN)
  • Gentamicina (OS: DCIT)
  • Gentamicine (OS: DCF)
  • Gentamicin Sulfate (OS: USAN, BANM, JAN)
  • Sch 9724 (IS: Schering)
  • Gentamicin Sulfate (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Gentamicin sulfate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Gentamicine (sulfate de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Gentamicini sulfas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Gentamicinsulfat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Prop.INNProposed International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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