Active substance(s): CAPREOMYCIN
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1.What Capreomycin Injection is and what it is used for
2.What you need to know before you are given Capreomycin Injection
3.How you are given Capreomycin Injection
4.Possible side effects
5.How to store Capreomycin Injection
6.Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Capreomycin Injection is and what it is used for
Capreomycin Injection contains the active ingredient capreomycin,
which is an antibiotic.
Capreomycin is used to treat tuberculosis (TB) together with other
2. What you need to know before you are given
Do not use Capreomycin Injection:
• if you are allergic to capreomycin. An allergic reaction may include rash,
itching, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue.
Capreomycin Injection should not be given to children.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before being given Capreomycin Injection
• If you have kidney problems
• If you are hard of hearing. Your doctor may want to test your ears
before you have Capreomycin Injection.
• If you have a history of allergies, especially to other medicines
If you suffer from any of the above, tell your doctor.
Taking other medicines and Capreomycin Injection
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take, any
other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
In particular, talk to your doctor if you are using any of the following
• streptomycin, viomycin (other treatments for tuberculosis [TB])
• polymyxin, colistin sulphate, amikacin, gentamicin, tobramycin,
vancomycin, kanamycin and neomycin (anti-infective agents)
It may still be all right for you to be given Capreomycin Injection and your
doctor will be able to decide what is suitable for you.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before being given
Driving and using machines
In large doses, Capreomycin may cause muscle weakness or certain
muscles not to work and so affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery until you are
aware of how this drug affects you.
3. How you are given Capreomycin Injection
Capreomycin Injection will be given to you by a doctor or nurse.
The recommended dose: 1 gram of Capreomycin is injected every
day for up to 4 months. After that, you may be given 1 gram two or three
times a week.
Capreomycin should only be injected into a muscle.
If you have kidney problems your doctor may reduce your dose.
You will be given other TB antibiotic medicines while you are having
Use in children
Capreomycin Injection should not be given to children.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Very serious side effects
All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic
reactions are very rare.
Tell your doctor straight away if you get any sudden wheeziness,
difficulty in breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or
itching, especially affecting your whole body.
The following very serious side effects have been reported:
• kidney or liver problems (signs and symptoms are weakness and
fatigue, weight loss, nausea, vomiting and yellow discolouration of
the skin (jaundice))
• the amount of potassium in your blood may decrease (signs and
symptoms are muscle weakness, muscle cramps, feeling thirsty all the
time, drinking all the time, urinating frequently, vomiting and, possibly,
having a fit)
Other reported side effects
• hearing or balance may get worse and you may have noises in your
ears or feel dizzy
• hanges in the number of different types of blood cells (a blood test
carried out by a doctor will detect these). You may notice that you bruise
easily (caused by low platelets) or are unable to fight off infections
• rash (without other symptoms)
• injection site pain, bleeding or development of lumps in the skin
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme Website:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Capreomycin Injection
Your doctor or pharmacist knows how to store Capreomycin Injection.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label
after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 25°C.
Reconstituted solutions may be stored below 25°C for 24 hours.
Discard unused portion.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Capreomycin Injection contains:
Each vial contains capreomycin sulphate (approximately equivalent to
1g Capreomycin base)
What Capreomycin Injection looks like and contents of the pack
Capreomycin Injection is provided as a sterile white powder for solution
for injection in rubber stoppered, clear glass vial, with aluminium or
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This leaflet was last revised in October 2015