Generic Name: Plazomicin (pla zoe MYE sin)
Brand Name: Zemdri
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 23, 2020.
- Kidney problems have happened with Zemdri (plazomicin). The risk of kidney problems is higher if you already have kidney problems and in older people. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
- The chance of kidney problems may be higher if you are taking any drugs that can affect kidney function. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Hearing problems like hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and a type of dizziness (vertigo) have happened with Zemdri (plazomicin). These hearing problems may not go back to normal and may not show up until after Zemdri (plazomicin) is stopped. The risk of hearing problems is higher if you have kidney problems, if a family member has had hearing loss, if you get high doses of Zemdri (plazomicin), or if you get Zemdri (plazomicin) for a long time. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
- Muscle weakness has happened with drugs like this one. If you have nerve or muscle problems like myasthenia gravis, talk with your doctor. Call your doctor right away if you have any muscle weakness.
- 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 Zemdri (plazomicin), call your doctor right away.
Uses of Zemdri:
- It is used to treat a urinary tract infection (UTI).
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Zemdri?
- If you are allergic to Zemdri (plazomicin); any part of Zemdri (plazomicin); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
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 Zemdri (plazomicin) 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 Zemdri?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Zemdri (plazomicin). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
- Severe and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened with drugs like this one.
- If you are 65 or older, use Zemdri (plazomicin) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Zemdri) best taken?
Use Zemdri (plazomicin) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
- Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
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, swallowing, 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.
- Hearing loss.
- Ringing or roaring in the ears.
- Very bad dizziness.
- Change in balance.
- Diarrhea is common with antibiotics. Rarely, a severe form called C diff–associated diarrhea (CDAD) may happen. Sometimes, this has led to a deadly bowel problem (colitis). CDAD may happen during or a few months after taking antibiotics. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain, cramps, or very loose, watery, or bloody stools. Check with your doctor before treating diarrhea.
What are some other side effects of Zemdri?
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:
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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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 Zemdri?
- If you need to store Zemdri (plazomicin) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- 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 all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Zemdri (plazomicin), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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