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Paromomycin

Generic Name: paromomycin (PAR oh moe MYE sin)
Brand Name: Humatin, Paromycin

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Apr 4, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is paromomycin?

Paromomycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat certain intestinal infections. Paromomycin is also used to treat certain liver problems.

Paromomycin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use paromomycin if you are allergic to it, or if you have a bowel obstruction.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I take paromomycin?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Always take paromomycin with food when treating an intestinal infection.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve. Skipping doses can increase your risk of infection that is resistant to medication. Paromomycin will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking paromomycin?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Paromomycin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody; or

  • worsening symptoms.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, stomach cramps; or

  • mild diarrhea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect paromomycin?

Other drugs may affect paromomycin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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