Tobramycin Sulfate

Synonyms: Sulfato de tobramicina; Tobramycin Sulphate (BANM); Tobramycine, Sulfate de; Tobramycini Sulfas; Tobramycyny siarczan.
Cyrillic synonym: Тобрамицина Сульфат.

💊 Chemical information

Chemical formula: (C18H37N5O9)2,5H2SO4 = 1425.4.
CAS — 49842-07-1 (C 18 H 37 N 5 O 9 ,xH 2 SO 4 ); 79645-27-5 ((C 18 H 37 N 5 O 9 ) 2 ,5H 2 SO 4 ).
ATC — J01GB01; S01AA12.
ATC Vet — QJ01GB01; QS01AA12.


In Pol. and US.

USP 31

(Tobramycin Sulfate). It has a potency of not less than 634 micrograms and not more than 739 micrograms of tobramycin per mg. A 4% solution in water has a pH of 6.0 to 8.0. Store in airtight containers.


For discussion of the incompatibility of aminoglycosides, including tobramycin, with beta lactams, see under Gentamicin Sulfate. Tobramycin is also reported to be incompatible with various other drugs and, as injections have an acid pH, incompatibility with alkaline preparations or with drugs unstable at acid pH may reasonably be expected.

💊 Adverse Effects, Treatment, and Precautions

As for Gentamicin Sulfate. Some studies suggest that tobramycin is slightly less nephrotoxic than gentamicin, but others have not found any significant difference in their effects on the kidneys. Peak plasma-tobramycin concentrations greater than 12 micrograms/mL (the BNF suggests 10 micrograms/mL) and trough concentrations greater than 2 micrograms/mL should be avoided. When tobramycin is given by inhalation with other inhaled drugs, they should be given first before the dose of tobramycin. After the first inhaled dose of tobramycin, patients should be monitored for bronchospasm and if it occurs, the test should be repeated using a bronchodilator. Peak flow should be measured before nebulisation and again after it. Caution should be exercised in the presence of severe haemoptysis. Renal function should be monitored before treatment and every six months during use.

Effects on the ear.

Reversible vestibular toxicity (ataxia, dizziness, and oscillopsia) occurred in a patient on haemodialysis after about 3 weeks’ treatment with inhaled tobramycin for bronchiectasis due to colonisation with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.1
1. Edson RS, et al. Vestibular toxicity due to inhaled tobramycin in a patient with renal insufficiency. Mayo Clin Proc 2004; 79: 1185–91.

Effects on the kidney.

Irreversible acute renal failure requiring haemodialysis occurred in a high-risk patient with chronic renal failure after being treated for 4 weeks with inhaled tobramycin for Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia.1
1. Cannella CA, Wilkinson ST. Acute renal failure associated with inhaled tobramycin. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2006; 63: 1858–61.

Effects on the liver.

A case of possible tobramycin-induced hepatotoxicity was reported in a 20-year-old patient receiving antibacterial treatment for Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteraemia and osteomyelitis. Liver enzyme values started to increase when empirical treatment was changed to intravenous tobramycin and ceftazidime, and markedly increased when the regimen was changed, increasing the dose of tobramycin and replacing ceftazidime with piperacillin/tazobactam and then later aztreonam. Enzyme values began to decrease after all treatment was stopped on day 12.1
1. Nisly SA, et al. Tobramycin-induced hepatotoxicity. Ann Pharmacother 2007; 41: 2061–5.

💊 Interactions

💊 Antimicrobial Action

As for Gentamicin Sulfate. Tobramycin is reported to be somewhat more active in vitro than gentamicin against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and less active against Serratia, staphylococci, and enterococci; however these differences do not necessarily translate into differences in clinical effectiveness. Cross-resistance between tobramycin and gentamicin is generally seen, but about 10% of strains resistant to gentamicin are susceptible to tobramycin.
1. Barclay ML, et al. Adaptive resistance to tobramycin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection in cystic fibrosis. J Antimicrob Chemother 1996; 37: 1155–64
2. den Hollander JG, et al. Synergism between tobramycin and ceftazidime against a resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain, tested in an in vitro pharmacokinetic model. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1997; 41: 95–100
3. Wu YL, et al. Ability of azlocillin and tobramycin in combination to delay or prevent resistance development in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Antimicrob Chemother 1999; 44: 389–92
4. Shawar RM, et al. Activities of tobramycin and six other antibiotics against Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from patients with cystic fibrosis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1999; 43: 2877–80.

💊 Pharmacokinetics

As for Gentamicin Sulfate. After intramuscular use of tobramycin, peak plasma concentrations are achieved within 30 to 90 minutes and concentrations of about 4 micrograms/mL have been reported following doses of 1 mg/kg. Usual doses by slow intravenous injection may result in plasma concentrations which briefly exceed 12 micrograms/mL. A plasma half-life of 2 to 3 hours has been reported. Sufficient tobramycin may be absorbed after inhalation to produce systemic adverse effects (see above).


1. Touw DJ, et al. Pharmacokinetics of aerosolized tobramycin in adult patients with cystic fibrosis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1997; 41: 184–7
2. Beringer PM, et al. Pharmacokinetics of tobramycin in adults with cystic fibrosis: implications for once-daily administration. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2000; 44: 809–13.

💊 Uses and Administration

Tobramycin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic with actions and uses similar to those of gentamicin. It is used, usually as the sulfate, particularly in the treatment of pseudomonal infections. As with gentamicin, tobramycin may be used with penicillins or cephalosporins; the injections should be given separately. Doses of tobramycin sulfate are expressed in terms of tobramycin base; 1.5 g of tobramycin sulfate is equivalent to about 1 g of tobramycin. Doses are similar to those of gentamicin, with the usual adult dose ranging from 3 to 5 mg/kg daily in 3 or 4 divided doses. In patients with cystic fibrosis, doses of 8 to 10 mg/kg daily in divided doses may be necessary to achieve therapeutic plasma concentrations. The usual dose for children is 6 to 7.5 mg/kg daily in 3 or 4 divided doses. Premature and full-term neonates may be given 2 mg/kg every 12 hours. For mild to moderate urinary-tract infections in adults, a dose of 2 to 3 mg/kg once daily may be effective. As with some other aminoglycosides, once-daily dosage has been used successfully in selected patients for the treatment of other infections without increasing toxicity but local guidelines should be consulted for dosage and serum concentrations. Tobramycin sulfate is given by intramuscular injection, or by intravenous infusion over 20 to 60 minutes in 50 to 100 mL of sodium chloride 0.9% or glucose 5% injection; proportionately less fluid should be given to children. It has also been given slowly by direct intravenous injection. Treatment should generally be limited to 7 to 10 days, and peak plasma concentrations greater than 12 micrograms/mL (the BNF suggests 10 micrograms/mL) or trough concentrations greater than 2 micrograms/mL should be avoided. In all patients, dosage should be adjusted according to plasmatobramycin concentrations and particularly where factors such as age, renal impairment, or prolonged thera py may predispose to toxicity. Tobramycin may be used as a 0.3% eye ointment or eye drops in the treatment of eye infections. It is also given by inhalation in patients with cystic fibrosis to control Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in a dose of 300 mg every 12 hours for 28 days using a suitable nebuliser. Treatment is then stopped for 28 days before being resumed for another treatment period. This cycle may be repeated indefinitely.
1. Cheer SM, et al. Inhaled tobramycin (TOBI ): a review of its use in the management of pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in patients with cystic fibrosis. Drugs 2003; 63: 2501–20.

💊 Preparations

BP 2008: Tobramycin Injection; USP 31: Tobramycin and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Ointment; Tobramycin and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension; Tobramycin and Fluorometholone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension; Tobramycin for Injection; Tobramycin Inhalation Solution; Tobramycin Injection; Tobramycin Ophthalmic Ointment; Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution.

Proprietary Preparations

Arg.: Bioptic; Fotex; Gotabiotic; Gotabiotic D; Klonamicin; Oftalbrax†; Radina; Tobi; Tobrabiotic; Tobradosa; Tobragan; Tobranet; Tobrex; Toflamixina; Tuberbut; Xao T; Xibrax; Austral.: Nebcin; Tobi; Tobrex; Austria: Brulamycin; Cromycin; Tobi; Tobrasix; Tobrex; Belg.: Obracin; Tobi; Tobrex; Braz.: Tobra-M†; Tobracin; Tobragan; Tobramina; Tobranom; Tobrex; Toflamixina†; Canad.: Nebcin†; Tobi; Tobrex; Tomycine†; Chile: Tobragan; Tobrex; Tobrin; Xolof; Cz.: Bramitob; Brulamycin; Tobi; Tobrex; Denm.: Nebcina; Tobi; Tobrex; Fin.: Nebcina†; Tobi; Tobrex; Tomycin; Fr.: Nebcine; Tobi; To b r e x ; Ger.: Brulamycin†; Gernebcin; Tobi; Tobra-cell; Tobramaxin; Gr.: Colther; Eyebrex; Eyetobrin; Ikobel; Monobracin†; Monotobrin; Nebcin; Thilo-micine; Tobi; Tobrex; Hong Kong: Nebcin†; Tobrex; Toracin; Hung.: Brulamycin; Tobi; Tobrex; India: Ocutob; Tobacin; Tobazon; Tobraneg; Indon.: Bralifex; Dartobcin; Isotic Tobryne; Tobrex; Tobryne; Irl.: Nebcin†; Tobi; Tobralex†; Israel: Nebcin†; Tobi; Tobrex; Ital.: Bramicil; Bramitob; Nebicina; Tobi; Tobrabact; Tobral; Tobrastill; Malaysia: To b r e x ; Mex.: Eyebrex; Micitrex; Obry; Tobra†; Tobrex; Trazil; Verbram; Neth.: Obracin; Tobi; Tobrabact; Tobrex; Norw.: Nebcina†; Tobi; Tobrex; NZ: Nebcin; Tobi†; To b r e x ; Philipp.: Ramitop; Tobrex; Pol.: To b i; To b r e x ; To b r o s o p t ; Port.: Bramitob; Distobram†; Tobi; Tobra-Gobens; Tobrex; Tobrexan; Tobridavi; Rus.: Brulamycin (Бруламицин); Tobrex (Тобрекс); S.Afr.: Nebcin; Tobrex; Singapore: Tobrex; Spain: Tobi; Tobra Gobens; Tobrabact; Tobradistin†; Tobrex; Tobrexan; Swed.: Nebcina; Tobi; Tobrex; Switz.: Obracin; Tobi; Tobrex; Thai.: Tobrex; Turk.: Thilomaxine; Tobel; Tobrased; Tobrex; To b s i n ; UK: Nebcin†; Tobi; USA: AkTob; Nebcin†; Tobi; Tobrasol; Tobrex; Venez.: Poentobral; Tobranax; Tobrasol; Tobrex; Trazil†. Multi-ingredient: Arg.: Antibioptal; Bicrinol; Biocort; Bioptic DX; Decadron con Tobramicina; Fotadex; Gotabiotic F; Ingebrax; Klonamicin Compuesto; Larsen; Lotemicin; Polioftal; Radina Dex; Tobrabiotic D; Tobracort; Tobradex; Tobradiclo; Tobragan D; Tobratlas; Toflam; Toflamixina Plus; XaoDex†; Xibradex; Austria: Tobradex; Belg.: Ocubrax; Tobradex; Braz.: To bracin D; Tobracort; Tobradex; Canad.: Tobradex; Chile: Poentobral Plus; Tobradex; Tobragan D; Tobrin-D; Todexona; Xolof D; Cz.: Tobradex; Fr.: Tobradex; Gr.: Dexamycin; Eyebrex-Dexa†; Lofoto; O-Biotic; Thilomicine Dex; Tobradex; Tobrafen; Hong Kong: Tobradex; Hung.: Ocubrax†; To b r a d e x ; India: Obrasone; Ocutob-D; Tobazon DM; Indon.: Bralifex Plus; Isotic Tobrizon; Tobradex; Ital.: Tobradex; Malaysia: Tobradex; Mex.: Obrydex; Obrypre; Tobracort; Tobradex; Trazidex; Trazinac; Neth.: To b r a d e x ; NZ: Tobradex; Philipp.: Tobradex; Pol.: Tobradex; Rus.: Tobradex (Тобрадекс); Tobrasone (Тобразон); S.Afr.: Tobradex; Singapore: Tobradex; Spain: Ocubrax; Tobradex; Switz.: Tobradex; Tobrafen; Thai.: Tobradex; Turk.: Ocubrax; UK: Tobradex; USA: Tobradex; Venez.: Poentobral Plus; Tobracort; Tobradex; Tobragan D; Todenac; Todex; Trazidex; Trazinac.
Published May 08, 2019.