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Tobramycin, Serum

Tobramycin measurement is used to monitor drug levels during treatment.

Tobramycin is an antibiotic medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as aminoglycosides. It is commonly used to treat various bacterial infections, particularly those caused by Gram-negative bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Tobramycin works by inhibiting bacterial protein synthesis, thereby preventing the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Tobramycin is typically administered via injection, eye drops, or as an inhalation solution, depending on the type of infection being treated.

Tobramycin is often used to treat respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, particularly in individuals with cystic fibrosis. It may also be used to treat urinary tract infections, skin infections, and certain eye infections.

Common side effects of tobramycin include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. In some cases, it may cause more serious side effects, such as kidney damage (nephrotoxicity) or hearing loss (ototoxicity).

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