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Brand name: Tobramycin (Pfizer (Perth)) TM

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Active ingredients: tobramycin

What it is used for

For the treatment of serious infections of the following type where they are caused by susceptible organisms: Skin and skin structure infections including burns, bone infections; gastrointestinal infections including peritonitis; central nervous system infections including meningitis, septicaemia and neonatal sepsis; lower respiratory tract infections including pneumonia, bronchopneumonia, and acute bronchitis; complicated and recurrent urinary tract infections such as pyelonephritis and cystitis. Aminoglycosides, including tobramycin, should not be used in uncomplicated initial episodes of urinary tract infection unless the causative organisms are not susceptible to other less toxic antibiotics. Tobramycin can be used in serious staphylococcal infections for which penicillin or other less toxic drugs are contraindicated and where susceptibility testing and clinical judgement indicate its use. If susceptibility tests show a resistance to tobramycin in the causative organisms other appropriate therapy should be instituted. Note that bacterial cultures should bo obtained before and during treatment to isolate and identify etiologic organisms and to test their susceptibility to tobramycin. If the organisms are resistant, 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, the severity of infection and the important additional concepts discussed below (refer PRECAUTIONS).

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

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

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

Visual appearance

LDPE ampoule containing clear, colourless to pale brown aqueous solution, and flow wrapped in LLDPE foil sachet.

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.

Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)

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Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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