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Paromomycin Sulfate Oral capsule

It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections and intestinal amebiasis

Generic Name: paromomycin  |  Brand Name: Humatin

Brand Names: Paromycin, Humatin

What is this medicine?

PAROMOMYCIN (PAR oh moe MY sin) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections and intestinal amebiasis. It is also used to treat the symptoms of hepatic coma. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bowel, intestines, or stomach disease
  • intestinal blockage, obstruction
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to paromomycin, other antibiotics or medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with a meals. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for check ups as directed. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • change in amount, color of urine
  • change in hearing
  • dizziness
  • skin rash, itching
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach cramps

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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.


Last Updated: July 16, 2009
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