Amikacin (AmiJect D, Amikacin K-9) is a semi-synthetic aminoglycoside antibiotic derived from kanamycin A. It is very potent and usually only used as a last resort in birds, due to it s nephrotoxic and ototoxic properties. Aminoglycosides are useful primarily in infections involving aerobic, Gram-negative bacteria, such as Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, and Enterobacter. Amikacin may also be used to treat Mycobacterium avium infections. Aminoglycosides are mostly ineffective against anaerobic bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Caution: Be sure to prevent birds from becoming dehydrated while taking this medication, for there is a high risk of kidney damage.