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Amikacin 250 mg/ml Solution for Injection or Infusion

Active Ingredient:
amikacin sulfate
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Last updated on emc: 11 Jan 2024
1. Name of the medicinal product

Amikacin 250 mg/ml Solution for Injection or Infusion

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each ml contains 250 mg of amikacin (as sulphate).

Each 2 ml vial contains 500 mg of amikacin (as sulphate).

Excipients with known effect:

Each 2 ml vial contains 6.6 mg of sodium metabisulphite (E223) (equivalent to 4.44 mg SO2) and 13.32 mg of sodium.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Solution for injection or infusion.

Clear, colourless to pale yellow coloured solution.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Amikacin is indicated in the treatment of following infections in adults and paediatric patients including neonates (see section 5.1)

- Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

- Complicated Urogenital tract infections including pyelonephritis

- Complicated Intraabdominal infections

- Endocarditis (only in combination with other antibiotics),

- Infected burns

Treatment of patients with bacteraemia that occurs in association with, or is suspected to be associated with, any of the infections listed above.

Amikacin may be used in the management of neutropenic patients with fever that is suspected to be due to a bacterial infection.

Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents.

4.2 Posology and method of administration


Ideal body weight should be used to calculate the dose

Adults and adolescents over 12 years:

The recommended intramuscular or intravenous dose for adults and adolescents with normal renal function (creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mg/min) is 15mg/kg/day given either as a single daily dose or as two equal doses (7.5mg/kg every 12 hours).

The total daily dose should not exceed 1.5g. In endocarditis and febrile neutropenic patients, dosing should be done twice daily, as there is insufficient data for once-daily dosing.

Children from 4 weeks to 12 years:

The recommended intramuscular or intravenous (slow intravenous infusion) dosage for children with normal renal function is 15-20mg/kg/day, given either as a single daily dose of 15-20mg/kg or divided into two doses of 7.5 mg/kg every 12 hours.

In endocarditis and febrile neutropenia patients, dosing should be done twice a daily, as there is insufficient data for once-daily dosing.


An initial dose of 10mg/kg, then 7.5mg/kg every 12 hours (see sections 4.4 "Special warnings and precautions for use" and 5.2 "Pharmacokinetic properties").

Preterm neonates:

The recommended dose for preterm neonates is 7.5mg/kg every 12 hours (see sections 4.4 and 5.2).

Dosage in elderly patients (≥ 65 years):

Dose should be adjusted as described under impaired renal function if necessary.

Life-threatening infections and/or those caused by Pseudomonas

The adult dose may be increased to 7.5mg/kg (max. 500 mg) every 8 hours but should neither exceed 1.5 g/day nor be administered for a period longer than 10 days. A maximum total adult dose of 1.5 g should not be exceeded.

Urinary tract infections (other than pseudomonal infections):

7.5 mg/kg/day in two equally divided doses (equivalent to 250 mg twice daily in adults). As the activity of amikacin is enhanced by increasing the pH, a urinary alkalizing agent may be administered concurrently.


The renal function status should be evaluated by measuring the serum creatinine concentration or preferably by estimation of creatinine clearance. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is far less reliable for this purpose. Assessment of renal function should be performed at the start of therapy and should be re-evaluated at regular intervals during treatment.

Amikacin concentrations in serum should be measured in all patients receiving parenteral amikacin and must be measured in obesity, neonates, if high doses are being given, the elderly and in cystic fibrosis. Both peak and trough serum concentrations should be measured intermittently during therapy to ensure adequate but not excessive serum levels. In patients receiving multiple daily dosing peak concentrations (30-90 minutes after injection) should not exceed 35μ g/ml and trough concentrations (just before the next dose) should not exceed 10μ g/ml.

In patients receiving once daily (or extended interval) dosing pre-dose ('trough') concentration should be less than 5 mcg/ml. Peak concentrations (approximately 60 minutes after administration) may exceed 35 mcg/ml.

If the pre-dose ('trough') concentration is high, the interval between doses must be increased. If the post-dose ('peak') concentration is high, the dose must be decreased.

Auditory and vestibular function should also be monitored during treatment, in particular if longer treatment duration (>7-10 days) is considered.

Dosage in renal impairment:

NOTE: In patients with impaired renal function (creatinine clearance <50ml/min) the recommended dose has to be decreased and adjusted to the renal function. This can be achieved by increasing the dose interval and/or reducing the dose.

In all patients with renal impairment, serum amikacin peak and trough concentration and renal function must be monitored regularly and the dose regimen altered as necessary (see below).

Once daily/extended interval dosing

Patients with renal impairment in whom once daily dosing would be considered appropriate if their renal function were normal may receive extended interval dosing. The initial dose may be the same as in normal renal function. The dose interval should be at least 24 hours and extended according to the degree of renal impairment and the results of serum amikacin level measurements (see Monitoring Advice).

In severe renal impairment, the initial dose may have to reduced in addition.

If the creatinine clearance rate is not available and the patient's condition is stable, a dosage interval in hours for the normal single dose (i.e., that which would be given to patients with normal renal function on a twice daily schedule, 7.5 mg/kg) can be calculated by multiplying the patient's serum creatinine concentration (in mg/100mL) by nine; e.g. if the serum creatinine concentration is 2 mg/100 mL, the recommended single dose (7.5 mg/kg) should be administered every 18 hours.

Serum Creatinine Concentration


Interval between AMIKACIN doses of 7.5 mg/kg/IM











X9 =












Once daily or extended interval dosing should be avoided in patients with a creatinine clearance less than 20 ml/minute.

A once daily/extended interval dose regimen should be avoided in children over 1 month of age with a creatinine clearance less than 20 ml/minute/1.73 m2.

Reduced dose at fixed intervals:

If patients with renal impairment are given amikacin at fixed time intervals, the dose must be reduced. In these patients, the serum amikacin concentration should be measured to ensure accurate administration and to avoid excessive serum concentrations. If a determination of serum concentration is not possible and the patient's condition is stable, serum creatinine and creatinine clearance rates are the most readily available indicators of the extent of renal dysfunction and the consequent reduction in dose.

As renal function may alter appreciably during therapy, the serum creatinine should be checked frequently and the dosage regimen modified as necessary.

Multiple daily dosing

In patients with renal impairment in whom multiple daily dosing at fixed intervals would be considered appropriate if their renal function were normal, the dose must be reduced while the dose interval is maintained. Serum amikacin concentrations should be measured and creatinine clearance should be estimated regularly (see Monitoring Advice).

Treatment should be initiated by administering a normal dose, 7.5 mg/kg, as a loading dose. This dose is the same as the normally recommended dose which would be calculated for a patient with a normal renal function as described above.

To initially determine the size of maintenance doses administered after 12 hours, the loading dose should be reduced in proportion to the reduction in the patient's creatinine clearance rate:

Maintenance dose every 12 hours =


(CrCl = creatinine clearance rate)

Subsequent doses should be determined based on amikacin serum concentrations (see Monitoring Advice).

Treatment duration

The average duration of treatment is 7-10 days. For all routes of administration, the maximum daily dose should not exceed 15-20mg/kg/day. If prolonged treatment is required, it should be carried out after reviewing the necessity of using amikacin, determination of serum amikacin concentrations and additionally monitoring of renal, auditory and vestibular functions as closely as possible daily.

Method of administration

IM use or IV use after dilution.

The solution for intravenous use is prepared by adding the desired dose to 100mL or 200mL of sterile diluent such as normal saline or 5% dextrose in water or any other compatible solution. The solution is administered to adults over a 30 to 60-minute period.

In paediatric patients the amount of diluents used will depend on the amount of amikacin tolerated by the patient. The solution should normally be infused over a 30 to 60-minute period. Infants should receive a 1 to 2-hour infusion.

Amikacin should not be physically premixed with other drugs, but should be administered separately according to the recommended dose and route.

For the dilution of Amikacin see section 6.6.

Other routes of administration

Amikacin in concentrations of 0.25% (2.5 mg/ml) may be used satisfactorily as an irrigating solution in abscess cavities, the pleural space, the peritoneum and the cerebral ventricles.

Intraperitoneal use

Following exploration for established peritonitis, or after peritoneal contamination due to faecal spill during surgery, Amikacin may be used as an irrigant after recovery from anaesthesia in concentrations of 0.25% (2.5 mg/mL). If instillation is desired in adults, a single dose of 500 mg is diluted in 20 mL of sterile distilled water and may be instilled through a polyethylene catheter sutured into the wound at closure. If possible, instillation should be postponed until the patient has fully recovered from the effects of anaesthesia and muscle-relaxing drugs.

4.3 Contraindications

• Hypersensitivity to the active substance or any of the excipients listed in section 6.1 or other aminoglycoside antibiotics.

• Due to the known cross sensitivities in this class of drugs, a history of hypersensitivity or serious toxic reactions to aminoglycosides may be a contraindication to all aminoglycosides.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Allergic reactions

Amikacin contains sodium metabisulfite.

Sodium metabisulfite may rarely cause severe hypersensitivity reactions in susceptible individuals, including anaphylactic symptoms and life- threatening bronchial spasms (bronchospasm).

Sulphite hypersensitivity is generally uncommon and more common in asthmatics than non-asthmatics.

Neuromuscular toxicity

Neuromuscular blockade and respiratory paresis have been reported following parenteral injection, topical lavage (such as orthopaedic and abdominal irrigation, or with local empyema treatment) or after oral administration of aminoglycosides. The risk of respiratory paresis when administering aminoglycosides irrespective of the route of administration should be considered, especially in patients receiving anaesthetics or neuromuscular blocking agents (see section 4.5 Interactions with other medications and other forms of interaction ").

If neuromuscular blockade occurs, calcium salts may reverse respiratory paralysis, but mechanical respiratory assistance may be necessary.

Aminoglycosides should be used with extreme caution in patients with myasthenia gravis as the curare-like effect on the neuromuscular junction may increase myasthenia with the potential for respiratory failure.

Aminoglycosides should be used with caution in patients with muscular disorders such as parkinsonism, since these drugs may aggravate muscle weakness because of their potential curare-like effect on the neuromuscular junction.

Nephrotoxicity and Ototoxicity

Neurotoxicity occurring in patients treated with aminoglycosides is manifested as vestibular and / or ototoxicity; therefore, patients must be carefully monitored clinically. Particular caution should be applied to patients with pre-existing renal insufficiency, or pre-existing hearing or vestibular damage. Safety for treatment periods which are longer than 14 days has not been established.

If therapy is expected to last seven days or more in patients with renal impairment, or 10 days in other patients, a pre-treatment audiogram should be obtained and repeated during therapy. Amikacin therapy should be stopped if tinnitus or subjective hearing loss develops, or if follow-up audiograms show significant loss of high frequency response.

Precautions regarding the dose should be observed and adequate hydration maintained.


The risk of aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity is greater in patients with impaired renal function, and in those who receive high doses, or in those whose therapy is prolonged beyond 5-7 days. High frequency deafness usually occurs first and can be detected only by audiometric testing. Vertigo or dizziness may occur and may be evidence of vestibular injury. Other manifestations of neurotoxicity include numbness, tingling of the skin, muscle twitching and muscle spasms.

The risk of ototoxicity due to aminoglycosides increases with the level of exposure either through consistently high peak serum concentrations or high serum trough concentrations. Patients who develop auditory or vestibular damage may not have any symptoms during therapy that may alert them to 8th nerve damage, and total or partial irreversible bilateral deafness or disabling vertigo may occur after the drug has been discontinued. Aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity is usually irreversible.

Evidence of ototoxicity (dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, roaring in the ears and hearing loss) or nephrotoxicity requires prompt discontinuation of the drug or dosage adjustment.

The use of amikacin in patients with a history of allergy to aminoglycosides or in patients who may have subclinical renal or eighth nerve damage induced by prior administration of nephrotoxic and/or ototoxic agents including but not limited to streptomycin, dihydrostreptomycin, gentamicin, tobramycin, kanamycin, bekanamycin, neomycin, polymyxin B, colistin, cephaloridine, or viomycin should be considered with caution, as toxicity may be additive.

In these patients amikacin should be used only if, in the opinion of the physician, therapeutic advantages outweigh the potential risks.

There is an increased risk of ototoxicity in patients with mitochondrial DNA mutations (particularly the nucleotide 1555 A to G substitution in the 12S rRNA gene), even if aminoglycoside serum levels are within the recommended range during treatment. Alternative treatment options should be considered in such patients.

In patients with a family history of relevant mutations or aminoglycoside induced deafness, alternative treatments or genetic testing prior to administration, should be considered.


Aminoglycosides are potentially nephrotoxic. Renal toxicity appears independent of plasma obtained at the peak (Cmax). The risk of nephrotoxicity is increased in patients with impaired renal function and in patients receiving high doses or prolonged drug therapy.

Patients should be well hydrated during treatment and renal function should be assessed prior to starting therapy and regularly during the course of treatment. Renal and eighth-cranial nerve function should be closely monitored especially in patients with known or suspected renal impairment at the onset of therapy, and also in those whose renal function is initially normal but who develop signs of renal dysfunction during therapy. Serum concentrations of amikacin should be monitored to assure adequate levels and to avoid potentially toxic levels.

Elderly patients may have reduced renal function which may not be evident in routine screening tests such as BUN or serum creatinine. A creatinine clearance determination may be more useful. Patients should be well hydrated during treatment and renal function should be assessed prior to starting therapy and daily during the course of treatment. A reduction of dosage is required if evidence of renal dysfunction occurs, such as presence of urinary casts, white or red cells, albuminuria, decreased creatinine clearance, decreased urine specific gravity, increased BUN, serum creatinine, or oliguria. If azotaemia increases, or if a progressive decrease in urinary output occurs, treatment should be stopped.

Concurrent and/or sequential systemic, oral, or topical use of other neurotoxic or nephrotoxic products, particularly bacitracin, cisplatin, amphotericin B, cephaloridine, paromomycin, viomycin, polymyxin B, colistin, vancomycin, or other aminoglycosides, should be avoided. Other factors that may increase risk of toxicity are advanced age and dehydration.

Pediatric use

Aminoglycosides should be used with caution in premature and neonatal infants because of the renal immaturity of these patients and the resulting prolongation of serum half-life of these drugs.


Aminoglycosides are quickly and almost totally absorbed when they are applied topically, except to the urinary bladder, in association with surgical procedures. Irreversible deafness, renal failure and death due to neuromuscular blockade have been reported following irrigation of both small and large surgical fields with an aminoglycoside preparation.

Prolonged antibiotic use may occasionally lead to overgrowth of resistant pathogens. The patient should be constantly monitored in this regard. Should a superinfection occur during therapy, appropriate measures must be taken.

Macular infarction sometimes leading to permanent loss of vision has been reported following intravitreous administration (injection into the eye) of amikacin.

2 ml vial

This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23mg) per 2ml vial, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Concurrent or serial use with other neurotoxic, ototoxic or nephrotoxic agents, particularly bacitracin, platinum compounds, amphotericin B, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, cephaloridine, paromomycin, viomycin, colistimethate/ colistin, vancomycin, or other aminoglycosides should be avoided both systemically and topically because of the potential for additive effects. Increased nephrotoxicity has been reported following concomitant parenteral administration of aminoglycoside antibiotics and cephalosporins. Concomitant cephalosporin use may spuriously elevate creatinine serum level determinations.

The risk of ototoxicity is increased when amikacin is used in conjunction with rapidly acting diuretic drugs, particularly when the diuretic is administered intravenously. Diuretics may enhance aminoglycoside toxicity by altering antibiotic concentrations in serum and tissue. Such agents include furosemide and ethacrynic acid which is itself an ototoxic agent. Irreversible deafness may result.

The use of amikacin is not recommended in patients receiving anaesthetics or muscle-relaxing drugs (such as volatile anaesthetics, d-tubocurarine, succinylcholine, decamethonium, atracurium, rocuronium, vecuronium) or in patients receiving massive transfusions of citrate-anticoagulated blood) as neuromuscular blockade and consequent respiratory depression may occur. If blockade occurs, calcium salts may reverse this phenomenon.

Indomethacin may increase the plasma concentration of amikacin in neonates.

In patients with severely impaired renal function, a reduction in activity of aminoglycosides may occur with concomitant use of penicillin-type drugs.

In vitro admixture of aminoglycosides with beta-lactam antibiotics (penicillins or cephalosporins) may result in significant mutual inactivation. A reduction in serum activity may also occur when an aminoglycoside or penicillin-type drug is administered in vivo by separate routes. Inactivation of the aminoglycoside is clinically significant only in patients with severely impaired renal function. Inactivation may continue in specimens of body fluids collected for assay, resulting in inaccurate aminoglycoside readings. Such specimens should be properly handled (assayed promptly, frozen, or treated with beta-lactamase).

There is an increased risk of hypocalcaemia when aminoglycosides are administered with bisphosphonates.

Concomitantly administered thiamine (vitamin B1) may be destroyed by the reactive sodium metabisulfite component of the amikacin sulfate formulation.

Sulfite is a very reactive compound. Therefore, mixtures with other medicinal products (other than those indicated in section 6.6 "Special precautions for disposal and other specifications for handling") should be avoided.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Amikacin should be used in pregnant women and newborns only if clearly indicated and under medical supervision (see section 4.4).

There is limited data on the use of aminoglycosides in pregnancy. Aminoglycosides can affect the development of the embryo / fetus in the womb. Aminoglycosides cross the placental barrier and there have been many reports of total, irreversible, bilateral congenital deafness in children whose mothers were treated with streptomycin during pregnancy.

Although adverse reactions to the unborn or neonate in pregnant women who have been treated with other aminoglycosides have not been reported, there is potential for harm.

If a pregnant patient is to be treated or becomes pregnant during treatment, medical advice should be provided on the risk of the potential hazard to the fetus.


It is not known if amikacin passes into the breast milk. The decision should be made to either stop breastfeeding or stop the therapy.


In reproduction toxicity studies in mice and rats, no effects on fertility or foetal toxicity were reported.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the ability to drive and the use of machines have been performed. However, the occurrence of some side effects (see section 4.8) may affect the ability to drive vehicles and operate machinery.

4.8 Undesirable effects

All aminoglycosides have oto-, nephro- and neurotoxic potential.

The risk of these side effects is greater in patients with already impaired renal function, in patients receiving more than the recommended doses, prolonged therapy and in patients treated with other ototoxic or nephrotoxic drugs (see section 4.4 "Special warnings and precautions for use ").

Frequency is defined using the following convention:

Very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to <1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to <1/1,000); very rare (<1/10,000); Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

Within each frequency grouping, undesirable effects are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.


MedDRA system organ class


Adverse event

Infections and Infestations


Super infection or colonization with resistant bacteria or yeasts a.

Blood and lymphatic system disorders


Anaemia, eosinophilia, granulocytopaenia, thrombocytopaenia

Immune system disorders

Not known

Anaphylactic response (anaphylactic reaction, anaphylactic shock and anaphylactic reaction), hypersensitivity

Metabolism and nutrition disorders



Nervous system disorders


Tremor a, paraesthesiaa, headache, balance disorders

Not known


Eye disorders


Blindness**, retinal infarcta

Ear and labyrinth disorders


Tinnitusa, hypoacusisa,

Not known

Chochlear damage

Deafness a, sensory deafness a

Vascular disorders


Hypotension, thrombophlebitis

Cardiac disorders


Tachycardia and myocarditis

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Not known

Respiratory depression, apnea, bronchospasm

Gastrointestinal disorders


Vomiting, nausea

Hepatobiliary disorders


Elevation of liver enzymes in plasma (SGOT, SGPT, LDH, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin)

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders




Pruritus, urticaria

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders


Arthralgia, muscle twitchinga

Renal and urinary disorders


Nephrotoxicity, oliguria a

Not known

Increase in serum creatinine a, albuminuria a, azotemia a, red blood cells in the urine, white blood cells in the urine, cells in the urine

Acute renal failure

General disorders and administration site conditions



Not known

Pain in the injection site **

* Changes in renal function are usually reversible at the end of therapy.

** Amikacin is not intended for administration to the vitreous body. When amikacin was injected directly into the eye, maculopathies were observed, occasionally leading to complete loss of vision.

a- See section 4.4 "Special warnings and precautions for use"

Description of selected adverse reactions

Kidney and urinary tract disorders

Nephrotoxicity is manifested as increased excretion of tubule epithelia, cylindruria, increase in β 2-microglobulin excretion, enzyme excretion via urine (e.g. alanine aminopeptidase, glutamine transferase, β -galactosidase, N-acetyl-glucosaminidase), azotemia, decrease in urine osmolarity, increase in blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine, decrease in creatinine clearance. In case of minor irritations (albumin, erythrocytes, leukocytes or cylinders in urine) the fluid intake should be increased. After discontinuation of the drug, renal impairment is usually reversible.

Disorders of the ear and the labyrinth

Ototoxic reactions involving the 8th cranial nerve occur in approximately 0.5 - 5% of the treated patients. This may involve vestibular or cochlear function (see section 4.4 "Special warnings and precautions for use").

When treating with amikacin, special attention should be paid to cochlear damage. These are manifested as tinnitus, pressure in the ears and initially merely as audiometrically detectable decrease of acoustic perceptions in the high frequency range (> 4000 Hertz) above the speech range. However, hearing loss can develop to complete, irreversible deafness despite discontinuation of the aminoglycoside. Vestibular disorders manifest in initial symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. In the clinical examination usually a nystagmus is detected. At the first sign of hearing or balance disorders, amikacin therapy should be discontinued.

Disorder of the nervous system

Neuromuscular blockades:

Specific risks are very rare when taking aminoglycosides. The occurrence of neuromuscular blockade, which can lead to respiratory arrest, can occur especially with intrapleural or intraperitoneal administration. The neuromuscular blocking properties of the aminoglycosides are enhanced by inhalation narcotics or muscle relaxants or curare-like drugs. Particularly at risk are patients with myasthenia gravis. Respiratory paresis requires artificial respiration. In addition, the application of potassium salts may be considered as a countermeasure.

Immune system disorders

Due to the content of sulfite it can lead to hypersensitivity reactions that may manifest as vomiting, diarrhoea, wheezing, acute asthma attack, disturbance of consciousness or shock in individual cases, especially in bronchial asthma. These reactions can vary widely individually and can lead to life-threatening conditions

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Yellow Card Scheme

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4.9 Overdose


Overdosing may cause nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity or neuromuscular blockage.


In the case of overdose or toxic reactions infusion of amikacin has to be stopped and forced diuresis may be applied to accelerate the removal of amikacin from blood if necessary. Peritoneal dialysis or haemodialysis may help to eliminate amikacin, which accumulates in the blood. Haemodialysis is more effective than peritoneal dialysis in removing amikacin from blood.

An exchange transfusion may be considered in neonates, however, expert advice must be sought before such a measure is implemented.

Calcium salts are indicated to neutralise the neuromuscular blocking effect. Mechanical ventilation may be necessary in respiratory paralysis.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: antibiotics for systemic use, aminoglycoside antibiotics,

ATC code: J01GB06.

Amikacin is a kanamycin-derived semisynthetic aminoglycoside antibiotic.

Mechanism of action

The mechanism of action of amikacin is due to a disruption of protein biosynthesis on the bacterial ribosome by interaction with the rRNA and subsequent inhibition of translation. This results in a bactericidal effect.

Relationship between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

The efficacy depends essentially on the quotient of maximum serum concentration (Cmax) and minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the pathogen.

Resistance mechanisms

Resistance to amikacin may be due to the following mechanisms:

• Enzymatic Inactivation: Enzymatic modification of aminoglycoside molecules is the most common mechanism of resistance. Acetyltransferases, phosphotransferases or nucleotidyltransferases are responsible for this, most of which are plasmid-encoded. Amikacin is highly stable to aminoglycoside-inactivating enzymes. It may therefore inhibit bacteria that are resistant to gentamicin and other aminoglycosides.

• Reduced penetration and active efflux: These resistance mechanisms are mainly found in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Recent data indicate the emergence of similar resistance mechanisms in Acinetobacter spp.

• Alteration of the target structure: Modifications within the ribosomes are the cause of resistance.

There is partial cross-resistance of amikacin with other aminoglycoside antibiotics.

Threshold values

The assay of amikacin is carried out using usual serial dilution. The following minimum inhibitory concentrations for sensitive and resistant pathogens have been established:

EUCAST (European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing; version 8.1; Date of publication: 2018-05-15) threshold values





≤ 8 mg/l

> 8 mg/l

Pseudomonas spp.

≤ 16mg/l

> 16 mg/l

Acinetobacter spp.

≤ 8 mg/l

> 8 mg/l

Staphylococcus spp.

≤ 16 mg/l

> 16 mg/l

Non species specific threshold values*

≤ 1mg/l

> 1 mg/l

* Based mainly on serum pharmacokinetics

The prevalence of acquired resistance of individual species may vary over place and over time. Therefore, local information about the resistance situation is required, especially for the adequate treatment of severe infections. If the efficacy of amikacin is questionable due to the local resistance situation, expert therapy counselling should be sought. Particularly in the case of severe infections or treatment failures, a microbiological diagnosis with detection of the pathogen and its sensitivity to amikacin should be sought.

Commonly susceptible species

Aerobic Gram positive microorganisms

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus haemolyticus

Staphylococcus hominis

Aerobic Gram negative microorganisms

Citrobacter freundii

Enterobacter aerogenes

Enterobacter cloacae

Escherichia coli

Klebsiella oxytoca

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Morganella morganii

Proteus mirabilis

Proteus vulgaris

Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1)

Salmonella enterica (enteritis salmonella)

Serratia liquefaciens °

Serratia marcescens

Shigella spp.

Species in which acquired resistance can be a problem

Aerobic Gram positive microorganisms

Staphylococcus epidermis

Aerobic Gram-negative microorganisms

Acinetobacter baumannii

Naturally resistant species

Aerobic Gram-positive microorganisms

Enterococcus spp.

Streptococcus spp.

Aerobic Gram-negative microorganisms

Burkholderia cepacia

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

Anaerobic microorganisms

Bacteroides spp.

Prevotella spp.

Other microorganisms

Chlamydia spp.

Chlamydophila spp.

Mycoplasma spp.

Ureaplasma urealyticum

oThere were no latest data when the tables were published. The primary literature, standard works and therapy recommendations presume sensitivity.

1) For isolates of particular patient groups, e.g. Patients with cystic fibrosis, the resistance rate ≥ 10%.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

After IM injection, amikacin is rapidly absorbed. Administration of a dose of 7.5 mg/kg by continuous 30 minute i.v. infusion results in a serum concentration of 38 µ g/ml at the end of the infusion. In healthy volunteers, administration of a dose of 15 mg/kg by a continuous 30 minute i.v. infusion results in a serum concentration of approximately 77 µ g/ml at the end of infusion and 47 µ g/ml and 1 µ g/ml, 1 and 12 hours after the end of the infusion, respectively. In elderly patients (with mean creatinine clearance of 64 ml / min) the blood levels are 55 μ g / ml after a 30-minute infusion of 15 mg / kg, 5.4 μ g / ml after 12 hours and 1.3 μ g/ ml after 24 hours.

Serum half-life in patients with normal renal function is 2.4 hours, with an average volume of distribution of 24 litres and about 28% of body weight. Plasma protein binding ranges from 0-11%. The average serum clearance rate is 100 ml / min; The renal clearance rate in normal renal function is 94 ml / min. Amikacin is not metabolized and excreted almost exclusively by glomerular filtration. In normal renal function, approximately 91% of the IM administered dose is excreted within the first 8 hours via urine in active form and 98% within 24 hours.

Amikacin is removable by both peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis. By peritoneal dialysis (patients without infection) about 20% of the administered amikacin dose could be removed within 8-12 hours. Haemodialysis is much more effective. Depending on the dialysis method, either 50% (range 29-81%) of the administered dose was removed within 4 hours or 40-80% was removed within 8 hours.

Experiences in children

Data from dosing studies on a daily basis show that levels in CSF in normal children are around 10 to 20% of serum concentrations and may reach 50% in meningitis.

The elimination of amikacin was reduced in newborns and especially in preterm infants.

In a single study of newborns (1-6 days after birth) grouped by birth weight (<2000, 2000-3000 and> 3000g), amikacin was given intramuscularly and/or intravenously at a dose of 7.5mg/kg. The neonatal clearance > 3000g was 0.84ml/min/kg and the terminal half-life was about 7 hours. In this group, the initial volume of distribution was 0.3ml/kg and the volume of distribution at steady state was 0.5ml/kg. In the lower birth weight groups, the clearance/kg was lower and the half-life longer. Repeated dosing every 12 hours in all the specified groups showed no accumulation after 5 days.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

No long-term studies have been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic or mutagenic potential. Studies in rats have shown that daily doses up to 10 times recommended dose for humans did not cause any adverse effects on male and female fertility.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Sodium metabisulfite (E223)

Sodium citrate dihydrate

Sulfuric acid [for pH adjustment]

Water for injection

6.2 Incompatibilities

Aminoglycosides such as amikacin should not be combined with other medicines, but must be administered separately.

This medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products except those mentioned in section 6.6.

6.3 Shelf life

Prior to first use: 24 months.

After dilution

Following dilution in 0.9% sodium chloride and 5% glucose solutions chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated for 24 hours at a temperature not exceeding 25° C.

From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user and would normally not be longer than 24 hours at 2 to 8° C, unless dilution has taken place in controlled and validated aseptic conditions.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

For storage conditions after dilution of the medicinal product, see section 6.3.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Amikacin 500mg/2ml (250mg/ml) is available as a clear, colourless to light yellow coloured solution, packed in a 4ml clear Type-I glass vial with a grey, bromobutyl rubber stopper and a aluminium cap with a plastic flip off seal.

2ml (500mg): 5 and 10 vials.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements for disposal.

Like all parenterals, Amikacin should be checked for particulate matter and discoloration before use. Only clear solutions which, at most, are slightly yellow in colour should be used. A pale yellow solution is not an indicator of reduced efficacy.

For intravenous infusion, Amikacin is given at the calculated dose in 100ml or 200ml of sterile infusion solution. The solution is administered to adults in a 30-60 minute infusion. For dosing in adults and children see section 4.2 “ Posology and method of administration” . Suitable solvents for intravenous infusion are:

0.9% NaCl solution for infusion

5% glucose solution for infusion

7. Marketing authorisation holder

hameln pharma ltd

Nexus, Gloucester Business Park,

Gloucester, GL3 4AG,

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 01502/0140

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


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