Tobi Side Effects
Although many people tolerate Tobi well, side effects are possible and may include a sore throat, fever, and headaches. Fortunately, most reactions to this medicine tend to be minor and easily treated. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop serious side effects, such as changes in hearing, balance problems, or difficulty breathing.
As with any medicine, Tobi® (tobramycin inhalation solution) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Tobi. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Tobi has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using Tobi were carefully documented and compared with the side effects that occurred in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "medicine" with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects of Tobi included:
- Increased cough -- in up to 46.1 percent of people
- Sore throat -- up to 38 percent
- Increased mucus production -- up to 37.6 percent
- Loss of strength, weakness -- up to 35.7 percent
- Stuffy or runny nose -- up to 34.5 percent
- Shortness of breath -- up to 33.7 percent
- Fever -- up to 32.9 percent
- Lung disorder -- up to 31.4 percent
- Headache -- up to 26.7 percent
- Chest pain -- up to 26 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 5.4 percent to 21.3 percent of people, included:
- Discolored mucus
- Coughing up blood
- Loss of appetite
- Decrease in lung function
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Change in voice (hoarseness)
- Weight loss
- General pain
- Inflammation of the nasal sinuses
- Ear pain
- Back pain
- Change in taste
- General feelings of discomfort
- Lower respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia
- Over-breathing (unusually rapid or deep breathing)