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Brand name: Tobramycin PF (Pfizer (Perth)) TM

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Active ingredients: tobramycin

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 01 MARCH 2001 : 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. Prior to and during therapy with tobramycin, bacterial cultures should be taken to isolate and identify causative organisms and to test their susceptibility to tobramycin. The decision to continue tobramycin therapy depends on the susceptibility of causative organisms, severity of infection and risk of toxicity. When Gram-negative septicaemia, neonatal sepsis, or meningitis is present, tobramycin therapy may be begun prior to the results of the susceptibility tests. The same applies even if the patient is receiving concurrent therapy of a penicillin or cephalosporin with an aminoglycoside.

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 at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Refrigerate
  • Shelf lifetime is 1 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

Clear colourless solution, free from visible impurities

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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