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Capreomycin is used to treat multiple drug resistant tuberculosis infection when primary treatment (other first choice antibiotics) is found ineffective or toxic to the patient.

How it works

Capreomycin belongs to group of medicines called anti-tuberculosis aminoglycoside antibiotics. It kills the bacteria by inhibiting protein synthesis or by producing abnormal proteins.

Common side effects

Pale red skin, Itchy rash, Abnormal liver function tests, Abnormal urine sediment, Hearing loss, Increased creatinine level in blood, Injection site abscess, Increased white blood cell count, Rash, Ringing in ear, Severe bleeding, Vertigo, Injection site pain, Increased white blood cell count (eosinophils), Decreased white blood cell count


Expert advice

  • It must be used only in combination with other anti-tuberculosis drugs when a bacterial susceptibility test is positive.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast feeding.
  • Consult your doctor if you are suffering from reduced hearing, kidney diseases or abnormal weakness in muscles.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is capreomycin an aminoglycoside?
Yes, capreomycin is an anti-tuberculosis aminoglycoside antibiotic.
Q. Is capreomycin safe?
Capreomycin is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)