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Brand name: Tobramycin (DBL) TM

Active ingredients: tobramycin

What it is used for

Treatment of the following serious infections caused by susceptible micro-organisms; . central nervous system infections, including meningitis, septicaemia and neonatal sepsis; . gastro-intestinal infections, including peritonitis; . other such significant infections: complicated and recurrent urinary tract infections, such as pyelonephritis and cystitis; . lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, bronchopneumonia and acute bronchitis; . skin, bone and soft tissue infections, including burns. May be considered in serious staphylococcal infections for which penicillin or other less potentially toxic drugs are contraindicated and when bacterial susceptibility testing and clinical judgement indicate its use. Aminoglycosides, including tobramycin, are not indicated in uncomplicated initial episodes or urinary tract infections unless the causative organisms are not susceptible to antibiotics having less potential toxicity. Bacterial cultures should be obtained prior to and during treatment to isolate and identify aetiologic organisms and to test their susceptibility to tobramycin. If susceptibility tests show that the causative organism is resistant to tobramycin, other appropriate therapy should be instituted. In patients in whom gram negative septicaemia, neonatal sepsis, or meningitis is suspected, including those in whom concurrent therapy with a penicillin or cephalosporin and an aminoglycoside may be indicated, tobramycin therapy may be initiated before results of susceptibility studies are obtained. The decision to continue tobramycin therapy should be based upon the results of susceptibility studies, severity of the infection, and the important additional concepts discussed under the 'Warnings' section in the product information. INDICATIONS AS AT 30 APR 04 : Tobramycin is indicated in the treatment of the following serious infections caused by susceptible micro-organisms: central nervous system infections, including meningitis; septicaemia and neonatal sepsis; gastro-intestinal infections, including peritonitis; complicated and recurrent urinary tract infections such as pyelonephritis and cystitis; lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, bronchopneumonia and acute bronchitis; bone, skin and skin structure infections, including burns. Tobramycin may be considered in serious staphylococcal infections for which penicillin or other less potentially toxic drugs are contraindicated and when bacterial susceptibility testing and clinical judgement indicate its use. Aminoglycosides, including tobramycin, are not indicated in uncomplicated initial episodes or urinary tract infections unless the causative organisms are not susceptible to antibiotics having less potential toxicity. Bacterial cultures should be obtained prior to and during treatment to isolate and identify aetiologic organisms and to test their susceptibility to tobramycin. If susceptibility tests show that the causative organism is resistant to tobramycin, other appropriate therapy should be instituted. In patients in whom gram negative septicaemia, neonatal sepsis, or meningitis is suspected, including those in whom concurrent therapy with a penicillin or cephalosporin and an aminoglycoside may be indicated, tobramycin therapy may be initiated before results of susceptibility studies are obtained. The decision to continue tobramycin therapy should be based upon the results of susceptibility studies, severity of the infection, and the important additional concepts discussed under PRECAUTIONS.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intramuscular
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

A clear, colourless solution.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient tobramycin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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