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Last updated on 02/07/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Antibiotics

SUB CLASS: Aminoglycosides

USED FOR: Susceptible Gram-negative infections, irrigation of body cavities


What is Kanamycin for?

Kanamycin belongs to a class of medications called aminoglycoside antibiotics. It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and is used to treat various bacterial infections. Kanamycin does not work for virus or fungus infections.

How to use it?

Kanamycin is injected through a needle into a vein or muscle as directed by your doctor. It is usually given 2-4 times daily. The dosage is based on your medical conditions. The maximum dosage is 1.5 g per day.

Susceptible Gram-negative infections
15 mg per kg body weight in divided doses by intramuscular injection or intravenous infusion. Usual treatment duration is 7-10 days.
15-30 mg per kg body weight in three divided doses daily.

What are the side effects of Kanamycin?

Common side effects of Kanamycin include skin rash, itching, headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and injection site reactions.

Who should not take Kanamycin?

– People allergic to Kanamycin or any component of the formulation.
– People who are allergic to aminoglycosides.

Pharmacist Tips:

Common dosing schedule:
Usually 2-4 times per day.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Kanamycin may interact with:
– Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. Ibuprofen, Ketorolac, Mefenamic Acid
– Cephalosporins, e.g. Cephaloridine, Cefazolin, Cefuroxime

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Kanamycin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Kanamycin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.  

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Kanamycin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.