Tobramycin PF belongs to a group of medicines known as aminoglycoside antibiotics. Aminoglycoside antibiotics work by preventing bacteria from growing thereby killing them.
Tobramycin PF is used to treat serious bacterial infections in many different parts of the body such as:
Tobramycin PF may be prescribed for other reasons that are not mentioned above. Your doctor will be able to tell you about the specific condition for which you have been prescribed it.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body, rash, itching or hives on the skin.
You must not be given Tobramycin PF if you have experienced serious reactions (such as hearing loss or kidney problems) to tobramycin or other aminoglycosides in the past.
If you are not sure whether any of these apply to you, check with your doctor.
Tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to:
2. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
3. you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
4. you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and tobramycin may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may affect the way tobramycin works or may be affected by tobramycin. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take a different medicine.
Your doctor will advise you about continuing to take other medicines while you are receiving Tobramycin PF.
Tobramycin PF must only be given by a doctor or nurse. Tobramycin PF can be given:
Your doctor will decide how much Tobramycin PF you will be given and for how long. This depends on the type of infection and other factors, such as your weight and your kidney function.
As Tobramycin PF is usually given to you in hospital under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely that you will receive an overdose.
However, if you are given too much tobramycin you may experience some of the effects listed under "Side effects" below.
Your doctor has information on how to recognise and treat an overdose. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.
If you experience severe side effects, tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Your doctor or nurse should take regular blood and urine samples while you are receiving Tobramycin PF. This is to ensure that you are receiving the correct dose of tobramycin.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using tobramycin.
While you are using tobramycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start any new medicine.
If you become pregnant while being treated with tobramycin, tell your doctor immediately.
As with other aminoglycoside medicines, tobramycin may cause feelings of tiredness or drowsiness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to tobramycin before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are tired or drowsy. If this occurs, do not drive.
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given or using tobramycin.
Like other medicines, tobramycin may cause some unwanted side effects. These are likely to vary from patient to patient. Some side effects may be related to the dose of tobramycin. Hence, it is important that you tell your doctor as soon as possible about any unwanted effects. Your doctor may then decide to adjust the dose of tobramycin you are given.
Ask your doctor or nurse to answer any questions that you may have.
Do not be alarmed by the following list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
If any of the following happen tell your doctor or nurse immediately or if you are not already in hospital, go to the emergency department at your nearest hospital:
These may be symptoms of an allergic reaction to tobramycin.
Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following:
These are serious side effects of Tobramycin PF. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following side effects and they worry you:
Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, even if they occur several weeks after stopping treatment with Tobramycin PF:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor. Some side effects may only be seen by your doctor.
Tobramycin PF will be stored in the pharmacy or ward. It is kept refrigerated between 2-8°C protected from light.
Tobramycin PF is a clear solution in a plastic ampoule.
Tobramycin PF can be identified by an Australian Registration Number, which is found on the packaging: AUST R 10776.
Tobramycin PF contains tobramycin (as Tobramycin Sulfate BP) 80mg/2mL and Disodium Edetate in Water for Injections. It does not contain preservatives.
Pfizer (Perth) Pty Limited
ABN 32 051 824 956
15 Brodie Hall Drive
Bentley WA 6102 Australia