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Composition for POTENTOX

Amikacin(500 mg),Cefepime(2000 mg)

food interaction for POTENTOX

alcohol interaction for POTENTOX

pregnancy interaction for POTENTOX

lactation interaction for POTENTOX

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Potentox 500mg/2000mg injection is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Amikacin(500 mg)


Amikacin is used to treat serious bacterial infections including lung, skin, bone, joint, stomach, blood, and urinary tract infections.

How it works

Amikacin belongs to group of medicines called aminoglycosides. It works by interrupting bacterial protein synthesis, produces non-functional peptides, and  inhibits the bacterial growth.

Common side effects

Balance disorder (loss of balance), Headache, Hearing loss, Renal dysfunction, Skin rash, Vomiting, Nausea, Diarrhoea
Cefepime(2000 mg)


Cefepime is used to treat respiratory tract infection like lung infection (pneumonia), urinary tract infections such as kidney infection (pyelonephritis), skin and soft tissue infections, intra-abdominal Infections, and fever associated with low white blood cells called neutrophils (febrile neutropenia).

How it works

Cefepime belongs to group of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics. It kills the bacteria by interrupting the bacterial cell wall (outer coating of bacteria) formation. As a result, the bacterial cell wall is weakened and ruptured, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Itchy rash, Acne-like rash, Bloody diarrhea, Confusion, Convulsion, Shortness of breath, Sore mouth, Sore throat, Stomach pain, Watery diarrhoea, Chills, Fever


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Expert advice for POTENTOX

It is given as a drip (intravenous infusion) or as an injection directly into a vein or into a muscle. Doctor will ensure that patient should be well hydrated before and during amikacin treatment.
Do not drive because you may feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated with amikacin.
Amikacin should be used with caution in premature and newborn babies.
During treatment patient may undergo blood, urine, or hearing tests to look for signs of side effects. 
Do not start or continue the amikacin and consult your doctor:
  • If you have a kidney problem, or hearing difficulties or tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for POTENTOX


Q. Is amikacin sulfa, penicillin or an aminoglycoside drug?
Amikacin does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is a semisynthetic aminoglycoside.
Q. Is amikacin dialyzable?
Yes, amikacin is a dialyzable drug.
Q. Is amikacin ototoxic?
Yes, amikacin is ototoxic.

Q. Is its injection painful?
Its  injection is painful. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Does amikacin need to be refrigerated?
Amikacin should be stored at or below 25°C. It should not be frozen.
Q. What organisms does amikacin cover?
Amikacin is mainly effective against aerobic  gram-negative bacteria such as pseudomonas as well as some gram-positive bacteria such as staphylococcus including methicillin-resistant strains but it is not the drug of choice for infections due to staphylococcus bacteria.


Q. Is cefepime beta lactam, penicillin, or sulfa drug?
Cefepime does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is a beta lactam cephalosporin antibiotic.
Q. Is cefepime broad spectrum bacteriostatic or bactericidal?
Cefepime is a broad spectrum bactericidal antibiotic.
Q. Is cefepime compatible with lactated ringer's, normal saline, or vancomycin?
Cefepime is compatible with lactated ringer’s or normal saline. Solutions of cefepime should not be added to vancomycin. However, if concurrent therapy with cefepime is indicated, vancomycin can be administered separately. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Is cefepime a vesicant?
No, cefepime is not a vesicant drug.
Q. What organisms does cefepime cover?
Cefepime is mainly effective against methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (mssa), gram-negative bacteria, klebsiella, Group B streptococci but not effective against enterococcus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (mrsa), or anaerobes such as mycoplasma.


Content on this page was last updated on 23 March, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)