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Aural Acute otic


Aminoglycosides/Loop Diuretics

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

When these two medicines are taken together, you may experience an increased chance for hearing or kidney problems caused by one or both medicines. You may be at greater risk for hearing problems if you also have kidney problems.

What might happen:

Hearing loss may be permanent because of nerve damage caused by these medicines. Your kidney may not work as well.

What you should do about this interaction:

Tell you doctor if you notice any change in your hearing or balance. Make sure that your doctor knows all of the medicines that you are taking.Contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) as soon as possible about taking these two medicines together.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.


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