A broad-spectrum antibiotic used chiefly for severe systemic infections.
- This antibiotic is derived from bacteria of the genus Micromonospora
- Some antibiotics, such as gentamicin, penicillin G, tetracycline, methicillin, erythromycin, and vancomycin, are not compatible with heparin.
- Treatment with ampicillin supplemented with gentamicin or tobramycin for two to six weeks is best.
- The preferred and most effective drug of choice to treat tularemia is streptomycin or gentamicin.
1960s: from genta- (of unknown origin) + -micin (alteration of -mycin).
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