spectinomycin (Intramuscular route)
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
- Powder for Suspension
- Powder for Solution
Therapeutic Class: Antibiotic
Uses For spectinomycin
Spectinomycin injection is used to treat certain gonorrhea infections in the body. spectinomycin is also used to treat recent sexual partners of patients who have gonorrhea.
Spectinomycin belongs to the class of medicines known as aminoglycoside antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, spectinomycin will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
spectinomycin is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.
Before Using spectinomycin
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For spectinomycin, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to spectinomycin or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of spectinomycin injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of spectinomycin injection in geriatric patients.
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of spectinomycin. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Syphilis—Spectinomycin injection may mask or delay the symptoms of syphilis.
Proper Use of spectinomycin
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you spectinomycin. spectinomycin is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
To help clear up your infection completely, keep using spectinomycin for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Also, spectinomycin works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep the amount constant, you must receive spectinomycin on a regular schedule.
Precautions While Using spectinomycin
Your doctor will check your progress closely while you are receiving spectinomycin. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
You will need to see your doctor after finishing spectinomycin to make sure your infection is gone. You may also need to see your doctor again in three months to have a repeat blood test done for other infections such as syphilis.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
spectinomycin may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have itching; hives; hoarseness; shortness of breath; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after you receive spectinomycin.
spectinomycin contains benzyl alcohol which may cause serious reactions (e.g., gasping syndrome) for a newborn or premature infant. Discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned.
spectinomycin will not keep you from giving gonorrhea to your partner during sex. Make sure you understand and practice safe sex, even if your partner also has gonorrhea.
spectinomycin Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:Incidence not known
- decrease in urine output
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- shortness of breath
- skin rash
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:Incidence not known
- Hives or welts
- redness of the skin
- soreness at the injection site
- trouble with sleeping
- unable to sleep
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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