Pa is a very common bacterium that can cause damage to the lungs in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).1-4
Reproduced with permission from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.4
Over time, with Pa in your lungs, you may2,3
Develop a cough that doesn't go away
Have more mucus in your lungs
Feel tightness in your chest
Have a hard time catching your breath
Inhaled antibiotics are commonly prescribed by doctors to treat chronic lung infection in patients with CF and Pa. It is important that inhaled antibiotics be taken as prescribed.2,4,5
References: 1. TOBI Podhaler [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2016. 2. Mogayzel PJ Jr, Naureckas ET, Robinson KA, et al; and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pulmonary Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation pulmonary guideline: pharmacologic approaches to prevention and eradication of initial Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014;11(10):1640-1650. 3. Lyczak JB, Cannon CL, Pier GB. Lung infections associated with cystic fibrosis. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2002;15(2):194-222. 4. Patient Registry: Annual Data Report 2014. Bethesda, MD: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; 2015. 5. Antibiotics. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website. https://www.cff.org/Living-with-CF/Treatments-and-Therapies/Inhaled-Medications/Antibiotics/. Accessed July 19, 2016.
TOBI® Podhaler® (Tobramycin Inhalation Powder) 28 mg per capsule is a prescription inhaled medication for cystic fibrosis patients whose lungs contain bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
It is not known if TOBI Podhaler is safe and effective in patients under 6 years of age, in those with lung function outside of a certain range, or in those whose lungs contain bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia.
You should not use TOBI Podhaler if you are allergic to it or to any other aminoglycoside antibacterial.
Tell your doctor before starting treatment if you have or have had hearing, kidney, breathing, or muscle weakness problems or if you have dizziness, an organ transplant, or are pregnant or nursing.
Tell your doctor about all the drugs you take. Ask if you should take other medicines that may harm your nervous system, kidneys, or hearing; "water pills" (diuretics) such as Edecrin (ethacrynic acid), Lasix (furosemide), or mannitol; or urea.
TOBI Podhaler can cause serious side effects, including hearing loss or ringing in the ears. Tell your doctor right away if you have hearing loss, noises in your ears such as ringing or hissing, vertigo, difficulty with balance, or dizziness.
TOBI Podhaler is in a class of drugs that may worsen kidney problems, especially in people with known or suspected kidney problems. Your health care provider may do a blood test to check how your kidneys are working while you are using TOBI Podhaler.
TOBI Podhaler is in a class of drugs that may worsen muscle weakness problems or harm an unborn baby.
TOBI Podhaler can cause severe breathing problems (bronchospasm). Tell your doctor right away if you get shortness of breath with wheezing, or coughing and chest tightness.
The most common side effects of TOBI Podhaler include cough, worsening of lung problems or cystic fibrosis, productive cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, changes in your voice (hoarseness or loss of voice), coughing up blood, headache, and altered taste.
Let your doctor know if your symptoms worsen or if you have a side effect that bothers you enough to stop treatment or that does not go away.