Aminoglycosides are antibiotics that are used to treat infections that have not responded well to other types of antibiotics. These medications kill drug-resistant bacteria, although they cannot be used to combat viral infections such as the cold, flu or HIV.
This class of antibiotics is highly toxic to the liver, kidneys and other vital organs. Many people on this antibiotic experience problems such as:
- Sudden deafness
- Kidney failure
- Liver disease
- Nerve problems (e.g. vertigo)
Damage done by this class of antibiotics is irreversible, so it’s important to seek medical attention if you have any symptoms of these problems such as hearing loss, lightheadness, back pain or jaundice.