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Streptomycin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and tuberculosis (tb).

How it works

Streptomycin is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by inhibiting synthesis of essential proteins, required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.

Common side effects

Neck pain, Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Pain, Increased white blood cell count, Balance disorder (loss of balance), Dizziness, Inability to empty the urinary bladder, Ringing in ear, Vertigo

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Expert advice

• Tell your doctor if you have hearing difficulties, nerve problems, muscle problems, Parkinson’s disease, pre-existing vertigo (spinning sensation) or kidney problems.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Should not be given to patients allergic to streptomycin or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions



Is streptomycin bactericidal or bacteriostatic?
Streptomycin is bactericidal


Is streptomycin still used today?
Antidiarrheal and parenteral preparations containing streptomycin are banned.

Content on this page was last updated on 14 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)