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    Information about Tobramycin

    Tobramycin uses

    Tobramycin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How tobramycin works

    Tobramycin is an antibiotic. It stops bacterial growth by preventing synthesis of essential proteins required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.

    Common side effects of tobramycin

    Ototoxicity, Neurotoxicity, Kidney damage
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    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MBBS, MD (Pharma.), MBA (Hospital Management)
    Last updated on:
    17 Dec 2018 | 01:13 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Tobramycin

    • Your doctor has prescribed Tobramycin to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
    • It is given as a drip (intravenous infusion) or as an injection directly into a vein or a muscle. 
    • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Tobramycin may cause dizziness.
    • Your doctor may get regular blood, urine, or hearing tests while you are on this medication.
    • Your doctor will ensure that you are well hydrated before and during treatment with this medicine. 
    • Discontinue Tobramycin and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.

    Frequently asked questions for Tobramycin


    Q. How long does Tobramycin takes to work?

    Usually, Tobramycin starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

    Q. What if I don't get better after using Tobramycin?

    Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Your doctor may increase the dose of Tobramycin or switch you to an alternate option, which may work for you. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

    Q. Can I stop taking Tobramycin if I feel better?

    No, do not stop taking Tobramycin and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Content on this page was last updated on 17 December, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)