Capastat

Generic Name: Capreomycin

  • What is Capastat?

    Capastat is an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis. Capastat is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Capastat?

    Capastat can cause kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function.

    Capastat can cause harm to your nervous system, including problems with your hearing and balance. Your risk can increase with impaired kidney function. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience dizziness, ringing or roaring in your ear, any changes in your hearing, or loss of balance.

    Muscle weakness can occur while you are receiving Capastat. Your risk can increase if Capastat is combined with medications used for anesthesia or muscle relaxants.

  • Who should not take Capastat?

    Your doctor will not administer Capastat if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Capastat?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Capastat. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, kidney or liver disease, hearing impairment, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on the type and severity of your infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Capastat?

    Your doctor or nurse will administer Capastat to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Capastat?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Capastat?

    If Capastat is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Capastat: antibiotics that can harm your nervous system or kidneys (such as amikacin, colistin, dihydrostreptomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, paramomycin, polymyxin A, streptomycin, tobramycin, vancomycin, or viomycin).

  • What are the possible side effects of Capastat?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, dizziness, hearing loss, kidney problems, pain at the injection site, ringing or roaring in your ear

  • Can I receive Capastat if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Capastat during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Capastat?

    Capastat should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Capastat?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.