Generic Name: Streptomycin

  • What is Streptomycin?

    Streptomycin is an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis; certain bacterial infections that can be transmitted from insects or animals to humans (such as plague or tularemia); certain sexually transmitted diseases (such as granuloma inguinale or chancroid); or other bacterial infections of the respiratory (lung) tract, heart, central nervous system (CNS), urinary tract, and blood. Streptomycin may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. Streptomycin is administered through the intramuscular (into the muscle) route only.

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

    Streptomycin can cause harm to your nervous system, including problems with your hearing and balance. This can also cause vision problems, numbness, skin tingling, pain, or other disorders of the brain. Your risk can increase with impaired kidney function. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience ringing or roaring in your ear, any changes in your hearing, headache, nausea, vomiting, or loss of balance.

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

    Muscle weakness and decreased lung function can occur while receiving streptomycin. Your risk can increase if you are taking streptomycin with medications used for anesthesia or muscle relaxants.

    Streptomycin can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • Who should not take Streptomycin?

    Your doctor will not administer streptomycin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as amikacin, neomycin, or tobramycin).

    Your doctor will not administer streptomycin to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with streptomycin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, kidney disease, or 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 and children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on the type and severity of your infection.

  • How should I take Streptomycin?

    Your doctor or nurse will administer streptomycin to you in a hospital or clinic setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Streptomycin?

    Your doctor will not administer streptomycin with other similar antibiotics that can cause hearing or kidney problems.

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

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

    If streptomycin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining streptomycin with the following: cyclosporine, diuretics (water pills) (such as ethacrynic acid, furosemide, or mannitol), or other antibiotics that can harm your brain function or kidneys (such as amikacin, cephaloridine, colistin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, paromomycin, polymyxin B, tobramycin, or viomycin).

  • What are the possible side effects of Streptomycin?

    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, breathing problems, dizziness, fever, hearing loss, itchiness, nausea, numbness, rash, swelling, vomiting, weakness

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

    Streptomycin can harm your unborn or newborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Your doctor will not administer streptomycin if you are breastfeeding. 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 Streptomycin?

    Streptomycin should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor, and will be administered to you by your doctor.

  • How should I store Streptomycin?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.