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Brand Names: Tobi

Generic Name: tobramycin (inhalation) (Pronunciation: toe bra MY sin)

What is tobramycin (Tobi)?

Tobramycin is an antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body.

Tobramycin inhalation is inhaled into the lungs using a nebulizer. Tobramycin inhalation is used to treat lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Tobramycin may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

What are the possible side effects of tobramycin (Tobi)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using tobramycin and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • ringing in the ears or changes in hearing;
  • dizziness;
  • new or worsening respiratory problems or difficulty breathing;
  • muscle weakness; or
  • a rash.

If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, continue using tobramycin and talk to your doctor:

  • changes in voice; or
  • unpleasant taste or odor of the medication.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about tobramycin (Tobi)?

Notify your doctor immediately if you develop ringing in the ears, dizziness, or changes in hearing during treatment with tobramycin.

To reduce the risk of illness, infection, or injury from contamination, you must thoroughly clean all parts of the nebulizer as directed after each treatment.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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