DBL ™ Tobramycin Injection BP
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about DBL Tobramycin Injection BP.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being given DBL Tobramycin Injection BP against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet in a safe place. You may need to read it again.
What DBL Tobramycin Injection BP is used for
Tobramycin is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of medicines called aminoglycosides (pronounced a-my-noe-GLY-koe-sides).
Tobramycin works by preventing bacteria from growing and thereby killing them. Tobramycin is used for the treatment of serious infections caused by bacteria, including:
•meningitis (infection of the brain)
•septicaemia (infection of the blood)
•respiratory tract infections
•gastrointestinal tract infections
•skin and skin structure infections, including infected burns
•urinary tract infections.
Your doctor may have prescribed tobramycin for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why tobramycin has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Before you are given DBL Tobramycin Injection BP
When you must not be given it
You must not be given DBL Tobramycin Injection BP if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing tobramycin
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
any similar medicines such as amikacin, streptomycin, gentamicin, or neomycin
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 if you have experienced serious reactions (such as hearing loss or kidney problems) to tobramycin or other aminoglycosides, such as amikacin, streptomycin, gentamicin, or neomycin, in the past.
If you are not sure whether you should be given tobramycin, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
•any other medicines
•foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Like most aminoglycoside antibiotics, tobramycin is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If there is a need for you to be given tobramycin, your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of using it during your pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
Tobramycin passes into breast milk and is not recommended for use during breast-feeding. If there is a need for you to be given tobramycin, your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of being given it during breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
•kidney disease or kidney problems
•muscular disorders (e.g. myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease)
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you are given tobramycin.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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:
•fluid tablets (diuretics) e.g. furosemide (frusemide), etacrynic acid, bumetanide
•cisplatin, a medicine used to treat cancer
•other antibiotics to treat infections, including ciclosporins and cefalosporins, particularly cefalotin
•amphotericin, an antifungal medicine
•opioid analgesics (e.g. codeine, morphine, pethidine, fentanyl)
•some general anaesthetic agents
•muscle relaxants such as suxamethonium
•some medicines used to prevent blood clots, e.g. warfarin, phenindione
•any drug that may cause kidney or hearing problems
•neostigmine and pyridostigmine, medicines used to treat myasthenia gravis.
These medicines may be affected by tobramycin, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take/use different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while receiving tobramycin.
How DBL Tobramycin Injection BP is given
How much is given
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. This depends on your condition and other factors, such as your weight and kidney function.
How it is given
Tobramycin is given as an injection into a muscle or as a slow injection into a vein (intravenously).
Tobramycin should only be given by a doctor or nurse.
If you are given too much (overdose)
As DBL Tobramycin Injection BP 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 experience severe side effects tell your doctor or nurse immediately or if you are not already in hospital, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Emergency at the nearest hospital.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of a tobramycin overdose may include the side effects listed below in the ‘Side Effects’ section, but are usually of a more severe nature.
While you are being given DBL Tobramycin Injection BP
Things your doctor should do
Your doctor or nurse should take regular blood and urine samples while you are receiving Tobramycin Injection. This is to ensure that you are receiving the correct dose of tobramycin.
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor, dentist or pharmacist that you are being given this medicine.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who are treating you that you are being given this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are being given this medicine.
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while being treated with tobramycin, tell your doctor immediately.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how DBL Tobramycin Injection BP affects you.
As with other aminoglycoside medicines, DBL Tobramycin Injection BP may cause tiredness, dizziness, or drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous. Children should be careful performing activities requiring attention such as riding bicycles or climbing.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get up slowly.
Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem continues or gets worse, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being treated with DBL Tobramycin.
This medicine helps most people with certain infections, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
If you are dehydrated you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following list of side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
•tiredness or weakness
•dizziness or headache
•nausea or vomiting
•sore mouth and gums
•pain at the injection site
•rash or itching
•signs of anaemia, such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale
•confusion or disorientation.
Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following:
•signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching or hives on the skin; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
•ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
•increased or decreased urination
•diarrhoea, even after stopping antibiotics for several weeks
•bleeding or bruising more easily than normal.
The above list include very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
After being given DBL Tobramycin Injection BP
DBL Tobramycin Injection BP will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. The injection is kept in a cool dry place, protected from light, where the temperature stays below 25C.
What it looks like
DBL Tobramycin Injection BP is a clear, colourless liquid and comes in glass vials.
•Water for injections.
DBL Tobramycin Injection BP does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
Toll Free Number: 1800 675 229
DBL Tobramycin Injection BP is available in the following strength and pack size:
•Tobramycin 80 mg/2 mL x 5 vials. (AUST R 75686)
This leaflet was prepared in: July 2021.
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