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TOBI Podhaler

Generic Name: Tobramycin Inhalation Powder (TOE bra MYE sin)
Brand Name: TOBI Podhaler

Uses of TOBI Podhaler:

  • It is used to treat bacterial infections.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take TOBI Podhaler?

  • If you have an allergy to tobramycin or any other part of TOBI Podhaler (tobramycin inhalation powder).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking any of these drugs: Ethacrynic acid, furosemide, mannitol, or urea.
  • If you are taking or have recently taken any drugs that can cause nerve, kidney, or hearing problems. This may be drugs like amphotericin B, bacitracin, cephaloridine, cisplatin, colistin, cyclosporine, paromomycin, polymyxin B, vancomycin, viomycin, or other drugs like this one. There are many other drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take TOBI Podhaler with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take TOBI Podhaler?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Have a hearing test before starting TOBI Podhaler and while you take this medicine.
  • Have your urine checked as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking TOBI Podhaler, call your doctor right away.

How is this medicine (TOBI Podhaler) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using TOBI Podhaler as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not swallow capsule. The contents of the capsule will be breathed into the lungs.
  • Only use the device that comes with this medicine. Do not use any other devices.
  • Take the capsule out of the foil right before use.
  • If any powder stays in the capsule, breathe out fully and repeat. When the capsule is empty, throw it away.
  • If you are taking more than 1 inhaled drug, talk to your doctor about the best order for taking your drugs.
  • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
  • Use new puffer (inhaler) with each refill.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
  • Change in balance.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Fever.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Ringing in the ears, hearing loss, or any other changes in hearing.
  • Wheezing.
  • Cough that does not go away.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
  • Chest pain.

What are some other side effects of TOBI Podhaler?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Cough.
  • Mouth pain.
  • Throat pain.
  • Sore throat.
  • Change in taste.
  • Noisy breathing.
  • Change in voice.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out TOBI Podhaler?

  • Store in the original container at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about TOBI Podhaler, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about TOBI Podhaler. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using TOBI Podhaler (tobramycin inhalation powder).

Review Date: September 6, 2017

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