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Dr. Kevin Chung
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Tobramycin (Overview)

This is an antibiotic of the aminoglycoside family, it is particularly effective against gram negative organisms.


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What is tobramycin opthalmic solution for?

What is tobramycin opthalmic solution for?

Eye infection: This is an antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye such as conjunctivitis or keratitis. It is an older antibiotic and has more surface toxicity than the newer fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It typically kills gram negative bacteria better than gram positive bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Chung
235 Doctors shared insights

Tobramycin (Overview)

This is an antibiotic of the aminoglycoside family, it is particularly effective against gram negative organisms.


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Son is 17 mos, prescribed tobramycin for bacterial pink eye. My 9 wk old son has it despite all my precautions! Can he also use the drops?

Son is 17 mos, prescribed tobramycin for bacterial pink eye. My 9 wk old son has it despite all my precautions! Can he also use the drops?

Depends: Assuming your 9 wk old is not allergic to the medication he should be treated adequately. It is important to determine if his "pink" eye is truly infectious. Allergies and tear duct blockages can cause a "pink" eye. You would not want to administer inappropriate medication if another cause is present. ...Read more

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Can you use tobramycin on a 3 month old baby?

Can you use tobramycin on a 3 month old baby?

Yes: Usually used for eye drops. If infant is ill and hospitalized with a bacterial infection, tobramycin is sometimes chosen for threatment. ...Read more

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My daughter is 109 days old. Few water drops from her right eye (left eye is full ok).I used tobramycin drop & situation improved. What can I do now?

My daughter is 109 days old. Few water drops from her right eye (left eye is full ok).I used tobramycin drop & situation improved. What can I do now?

Blocked tear duct: Your daughter may have. Blocked tear duct. See your doctor and he may show you how to massage the eye to open the tear duct. ...Read more

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I am nursing and am currently taking tobramycin 0.3% oph sol 5ml. Is this safe?

No: Tobramycin is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers. Medication even put into the eye will reach the general circulation and get into mother;s milk. Consult with your physician to change the medication. ...Read more

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How long does it take for tobramycin to get out of your system?

How long does it take for tobramycin to get out of your system?

Depends: How quickly tobramycin exits your bloodstream is very dependent on your kidney function and how it is being given (dose and frequency). For typical dosing with normal kidney function, tobramycin will be out of your system in less than 24 hours after the last dose. ...Read more

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I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

Go back to doctor: You need to be re evaluated for persistant pink eye, it may be something more than just infection. It could be an inflammation due to allegy, or underlying iritis, you may need to see an opthalmologist if your doctor feels you should. ...Read more

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Can I wear my contacts while using tobramycin ophthalmic solution?

Not Usually: No usually this is not recommended but it depends on why you are using tobramycin. Typically we would halt contact lens use unless the contact lens has a theraputic purpose and was recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are uses for tobramycin?

What are uses for tobramycin?

Antibiotic: Intravenous tobramycin is an antibiotic used to treat various kinds of infections caused by gram negative organisms. Hospital acquired pneumonia is a common scenario where IV tobramycin is used. Topical tobramycin can be used to treat conjunctivitis and external ear infections. ...Read more

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Tobramycin how long to use it?

Tobramycin how long to use it?

Ophthalmic?: Tobramycin comes in injectable forms for intramuscular and intravenous usage. It is also available in an ophthalmic preparation for ocular infections. I presume you are asking about the eye medication formulation. Typically it is used one drop to affected eye (s) 4 times/day for 7 to 10 days then stopped. ...Read more

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How long does tobramycin stay in your system?

7.5 to 17.5 hours: The half life (time to elimination of half the drug) of tobramycin ranges from 1.5 to 3.5 hours in persons with normal kidney function. Total drug elimination is considered to have occurred after 5 half lives or 7.5 to 17.5 hours after the last dose. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tobramycin?

Antibiotic: This is an antibiotic of the aminoglycoside family, it is particularly effective against gram negative organisms. ...Read more

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Which works quicker tobrex (tobramycin) or sulphaceptamide?

Which works quicker tobrex (tobramycin) or sulphaceptamide?

For what?: These are both antibiotics and they work usually the same for viral illnesses. For proven bacterial conjunctivitis tobrex (tobramycin) is bacteriostatic and works a little quicker. Don't self medicate. See your family dr. ...Read more

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Prescribed tobramycin 1/4 bid ou x 7 days. What does this mean?

Prescribed tobramycin 1/4 bid ou x 7 days. What does this mean?

Tobramycin: Was it given as an ointment? If yes, it means 1/4 inch to area affected 2x per day for 7 days. Send us a photo of the bottle or tube if not. ...Read more

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How long does it take for tobramycin to get out of your system?

Depends: How quickly tobramycin exits your bloodstream is very dependent on your kidney function and how it is being given (dose and frequency). For typical dosing with normal kidney function, tobramycin will be out of your system in less than 24 hours after the last dose. ...Read more

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For how long does it take for tobramycin take to get out of your system?

Tobramycin: Tobramycin is an antibiotic.It can be taken as a pill or an eye drop or even given IV in the hospital. It is metabolized by our kidneys and liver in about 24 hours and secreted from our body in our urine. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for tobramycin take to get out of your system?

See below: The injectable or eyedrop forms of tobramycin should clear your body within 24 hours. However, if you have been told your kidneys don’t work as well as they should, it could take as long as 3 days for the tobramycin to clear. On the other hand, if you have cystic fibrosis and take the drug by inhaling it, it takes a little over a day to be eliminated from the body. ...Read more

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Do you get resistance to tobi (tobramycin) after a certain amount of time?

Do you get resistance to tobi (tobramycin) after a certain amount of time?

Resistance to tobi (tobramycin): Yes you can develop resistance to tobi (tobramycin) after prolonged use, like with any other antibiotics, and you have to take cultures to confirm the resitance. Intermittent use of tobi (tobramycin) is preferred as there is less chance of resistance that way. ...Read more

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Is tobramycin prescribed for conjunctivitus?

Is tobramycin prescribed for conjunctivitus?

Most Viral: Viral infection on the inner part of the eyelid and thin moist "skin"covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva is called "conjunctivitis." you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. Sharing towels or pillows can also cause infection. Antibiotics don't work. Just time 7-14 days. ...Read more

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What is tobramycin opthalmic solution for?

Eye infection: This is an antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye such as conjunctivitis or keratitis. It is an older antibiotic and has more surface toxicity than the newer fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It typically kills gram negative bacteria better than gram positive bacteria. ...Read more

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Tobramycin still the best for conjunctivitus?

Not usually: Most conjunctivitis is caused by an infectious viral agent (s) which is unaffected by tobramycin which is an anti-bacterial. See your ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis, make sure it is not something else, and for recommendations for treatment. ...Read more

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Can you use tobrex (tobramycin) to treat a chalazion?

Part of treatment: Use of tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a combination of antibiotic and steroid which helps treat infection portion of sty and manage inflammation. This plus adequate drainage is often effective. You should see a local opthalmologist to manage. Prolonged use of tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is not recommended due to risk of fungal infections, etc in the eye. ...Read more

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After taking tobramycin how long am I still contagious?

A full course: Of antibiotics is the only way to become noncaontagious. This also depends on the infection and the bacterial susceptibility to the antibiotic. Do not stop taking the medicine just because you feel better. Complete the entire dosing regimen. ...Read more

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Can you use tobrex (tobramycin ointment) to treat a chalazion?

Not helpful: Chalazia are the end product of the body's attempt to defeat a stye. They are an encysted nodule in the lid. Tobramycin and other antibiotics will not enter the chalazion so they will have no effect. Some chalazia spontaneously disappear, but if yours is obvious or troublesome, your ophthalmologist can suggest in office ways to get rid of it. ...Read more

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I am nursing and am currently taking tobramycin 0.3% oph sol 5ml. Is this safe?

No: Tobramycin is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers. Medication even put into the eye will reach the general circulation and get into mother;s milk. Consult with your physician to change the medication. ...Read more

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How long before someone using nebulized tobramycin begins losing their hearing?

It depends on blood: Level and pharmacokinetics. If nebulized, you may get less of it in your blood than IV. Speak to your prescribing doctor, and pharmacist about it, and do get a baseline hearing test so you know what that is. SO, it's not based on time per se, but on cumulative dosing in your blood. You need to find out your steady state level. ...Read more

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Should an n95 mask block nebulized medication particles? [specifically tobramycin neb via lc star- yes, pulmonology question]

N95 mask: I don't know the answer. But an important advise, make sure the n95 mask is fit for you size. There a method to get measured, otherwise you may not be protected. ...Read more

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