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Brand name: Nebcin TM

Active ingredients: tobramycin

What it is used for

Nebcin is indicated for the treatment of the following serious infections caused by susceptible micro-organisms: central nervous system infections, including meningitis, septicaemia and neonatal sepsis; gastrointestinal infections, including peritonitis; and other such significant infections as: 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. Aminoglycosides, including Nebcin, are not indicated in uncomplicated initial episodes of urinary tract infections unless the causative organisms are not susceptible to antibiotics having less potential toxicity. Nebcin 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. Bacterial cultures should be obtained prior to and during treatment to isolate and identify aetiologic organisms and to test their susceptibility to Nebcin. If susceptibility tests show that the causative organism is resistant to Nebcin, 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, Nebcin therapy may be initiated before results of susceptibility studies are obtained. The decision to continue Nebcin therapy should be based upon the results of susceptibility studies, the severity of the infection, and the important additional concepts discussed under WARNINGS.

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
  • See indications for other storage conditions
  • Shelf 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.

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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