By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Netromycin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate) used for?

Netromycin® is an aminoglycoside antibiotic, which is commonly used for treating certain types of bacterial infections. It works by killing the bacteria that cause infection.

How should I take Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

It comes as a solution for injection into the vein or muscle by a healthcare provider.

How do I store Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

Netromycin® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Netromycin® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Netromycin® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Netromycin® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

Before taking Netromycin®, tell your doctor if:

  • You are allergic to any ingredient in Netromycin®.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
  • You have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.

This drug should be caution in case of children being treated for more than 14 days.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Netromycin® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Netromycin®. Netromycin® is pregnancy risk category D, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Visual disturbances
  • Disorientation
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypotension
  • Palpitations
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Paresthesia
  • Rash
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Fluid retention
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Increased alkaline phosphatase
  • Increased liver enzymes, bilirubin
  • Increased potassium
  • Other abnormal LFTs
  • Decreased hemoglobin, WBCs and platelets
  • Eosinophilia
  • Anemia
  • Increase in prothrombin time

Side effects could make potentially fatal, e.g., nephrotoxicity; ototoxicity; anaphylaxis.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

Netromycin® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

  • Daflon (multivitamin)
  • Iron Sulfate (ferrous sulfate)
  • Keppra (levetiracetam)
  • Merrem (meropenem)
  • Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol)
  • Paracetamol (acetaminophen)
  • Pulmicort Turbuhaler (budesonide)
  • Tempra (acetaminophen)
  • Valproate Sodium (valproic acid)
  • Vigamox (moxifloxacin ophthalmic)
  • Vitamin B Complex 100 (multivitamin)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin K (phytonadione)

Does food or alcohol interact with Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

Netromycin® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate)?

Netromycin® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Especially if you have:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Neuromuscular disorders


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate).

What is the dose of Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate) for an adult?

The recommended dose is 4–6 mg/kg daily, as a single daily dose or in divided doses every 8 or 12 hours.

In severe infections, dose can up to 7.5 mg/kg daily in divided doses every 8 hours (reduced as soon as clinically indicated, usually within 48 hours).

What is the dose of Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate) for a child?

Preterm neonate and neonate up to 1 week: The recommended dose is 3 mg/kg every 12 hours.

Infant 1 week–1 year: The recommended dose is 2.5–3 mg/kg every 8 hours.

Child over 1 year: The recommended dose is 2–2.5 mg/kg every 8 hours.

How is Netromycin® (netilmicin sulfate) available?

Netromycin® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Netromycin® IM, IV 100mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Netromycin®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: April 14, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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