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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Tobramycin Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(toe bra MYE sin)

U.S. Brand Names

AKTob®; TOBI®; Tobrex®

Canadian Brand Names

PMS-Tobramycin; Sandoz-Tobramycin; TOBI®; Tobramycin Injection, USP; Tobrex®

Mexican Brand Names

Micitrex; Tobi; Verbram

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Aminoglycoside; Antibiotic, Ophthalmic

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Injection: This medicine may cause worsening kidney function and hearing loss, and it may change your sense of balance. Talk with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to tobramycin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

Oral inhalation and Injection (I.V.):

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

How does it work?

• Tobramycin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

All forms:

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Take this medicine at a similar time of day.

Oral inhalation:

• You will use by inhaling (puffing) through the mouth with a nebulizer machine. Your healthcare provider will teach you proper use.

Injection (I.V.):

• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

Eye drops:

• For the eye only.

• Contact lenses should not be worn at any time while using this medicine.

• Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.

• Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.

• After using medicine, keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps the medicine in your eye.

• Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes.

Eye ointment:

• For the eye only.

• Contact lenses should not be worn at any time while using this medicine.

• Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.

• Place medicine inside the lower lid. Close the eye for 1-2 minutes. Roll eyeball around.

• Separate each eye medicine by 10 minutes.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store eye ointment and solution at room temperature.

• Store inhalation (solution) in a refrigerator. Remove each dose from the refrigerator just before using.

• Do not freeze.

• Follow directions for storage of injection. Talk with healthcare provider.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 16:03:05.0

Modified: 2010-03-24 12:02:49.0

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