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  • Generic Name: (paromomycin sulfate)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Paromomycin capsules are used to treat certain intestinal infections. They are also used as add-on treatment when a person enters into a coma from hepatic encephalopathy (worsening of brain function that occurs when the liver is no longer able to remove toxic substances from the blood).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Paromomycin capsules work by killing the bacteria causing the infection.

      Paromomycin capsules do not treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: By killing the bacteria causing your infection, paromomycin capsules may help to relieve symptoms associated with your infection.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take paromomycin capsules exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your symptoms after you start taking paromomycin capsules. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working to treat your infection. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Side effects may include: Nausea, abdominal (stomach area) cramps, diarrhea.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take paromomycin capsules if you are allergic to them or any of their ingredients.

      Do not take paromomycin capsules if you have a blockage in your intestines.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with paromomycin capsules. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have ulcers in your intestines.

    • What is the usual dosage?

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

      Intestinal Infection

      Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on weight. The prescribed daily dose is taken in three divided doses with meals, for five to ten days.

      Hepatic Coma

      Adults: The usual dose 4 grams a day in divided doses, for five to six days.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take paromomycin capsules exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking paromomycin capsules without first talking to your healthcare provider, even if you start to feel better right away.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of paromomycin capsules can decrease their effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of paromomycin capsules.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with paromomycin capsules at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of paromomycin capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of paromomycin capsules, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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