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Tobramycin Aerosols

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about tobramycin aerosols. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand or if you have further questions.

WHY DOES MY DOCTOR WANT MY CHILD TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE?
This medicine is an antibiotic and is used to treat lung infections.

WHAT SIDE EFFECTS MAY OCCUR?
Tobramycin may cause wheezing, rash or sour taste. Rinsing your mouth with water after treatments may be helpful for the sour taste. These side effects rarely occur, but call your doctor or nurse if any of these symptoms do occur.

HOW DO I GIVE MY CHILD/MYSELF TOBRAMYCIN AEROSOLS?
1. Wash your hands.
2. Clean a work space with soap and water and dry.
3. Gather supplies:
a. Vial of tobramycin (Nebcin) solution which is 80mg/2cc concentration or pre-measured syringe of Tobramycin if supplied in this manner from your pharmacy.
b. 3cc syringe with needle (may re-use syringes if clean).
c. Standard nebulizer cup with mask or mouthpiece and tubing.
d. Normal saline
4. Take 3cc syringe with needle and pull stopper back to the ___cc mark. Insert needle into the vial of Tobramycin and inject air.
5. Draw up ___cc (___mg) of Tobramycin into needle with syringe. Inject the Tobramycin into the nebulizer cup. If using pre-measured syringe of Tobramycin inject the ordered dose directly into nebulizer cup.
6. Add 2cc of normal saline to the Tobramycin in the nebulizer cup. Inhale the solution using mouthpiece or mask with your aerosol compressor. (Note: Do not mix Tobramycin with Intal (Cromolyn Sodium), as these medicines do not mix well and get very sticky when mixed together. Also, use separate
2 nebulizer cups, tubing and masks or mouthpieces for the Tobramycin aerosols, using your routine cleaning method.

WHEN SHOULD I GIVE MY CHILD/MYSELF TOBRAMYCIN AEROSOLS?
This aerosol should be given after you/your child’s routine aerosol, Pulmozyme (Dnase) if you/your child is on this medicine, and after percussion and drainage (P&D) treatment. There should be at least 4 hours between Tobramycin doses, but they may be given directly after you/your child’s routine aerosol or Pulmozyme.
This handout was written for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about Tobramycin aerosols, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

PDF: Child Health Information - TOBRAMYCIN AEROSOLS

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 2000

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

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Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2000

 

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