1 What is Seromycin?

Generic: Cycloserine

Seromycin, an antibiotic, is primarily indicated for the treatment of tuberculosis. It belongs to a class of medications called cell wall synthesis inhibitor. Seromycin is usually used in combination with other anti-TB drugs. Seromycin has also been found effective in treating atypical mycobacterial infections like Mycobacterium avium complex. 

You need to complete the full course of Seromycin to ensure successful treatment of tuberculosis. 

Seromycin is available in capsule form. Seromycin can only be purchased with a doctor’s prescription.

2 What To Know Before Using

You need to consider the pros and cons of using cycloserine before deciding to use it. Discuss these with your physician. There are other factors you must take into consideration.

You need to determine if this medication is right for you. This drug is contraindicated in people who have had allergic reactions to cycloserine and its components.

You need to inform your physician if you have allergies to other drugs, animals, food, dyes, and/or preservatives. The effects of cycloserine on pediatric patients have not been studied well but it is expected to have the same effects in children as it does in adult patients. It is not known if cycloserine works the same way in geriatric patients as they do in younger adults.

Cycloserine is a pregnancy category C for all trimesters, which means that not enough research has been done in pregnant women. Lactating mothers can use this medication because it doesn’t put the nursing child at a significant risk.

Cycloserine may interact with other medications. Discuss this with your physician. Avoid eating fatty meals and drinking alcoholic beverages. You also need to take vitamin B6 supplements.

This medicine should be used with caution in patients who have a history of alcohol abuse, convulsive disorders, kidney disease, and mental disorders. Cycloserine can aggravate these conditions.

3 Proper Usage

Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding dosage, timing and frequency. You can also take cycloserine after meals if it causes gastric irritation. Again, you need to take this medicine for the entire duration of your treatment.

Do not stop taking cycloserine without consulting with your doctor first. Try not to miss any doses because cycloserine needs to be at a constant level in your system for it to be effective.

The timing should be evenly spaced as well. If you take 2 doses a day, you can take it every 12 hours. You can consult your healthcare provider if you need help planning out your schedule.

The dose of cycloserine depends on your condition and other health factors. Do not share your medication with others and do not change your dosage without telling your doctor first.

Adults and teenagers who have tuberculosis have to normally take 250 mg twice daily. Your physician may increase your dose according to your progress.

The dosage for children depends on body weight and should be determined by their physician. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember.

However, if it’s almost time for the next one, skip it and resume your regular schedule. Keep your medicine in a sealed container at room temperature. Make sure children won’t be able to reach it.

4 Precautions To Take

Go to your follow-up appointments diligently. It is imperative that your condition is monitored closely by your doctor. You need to inform him/her if your symptoms do not get better in 2-3 weeks.

Watch out for signs of toxicity. These include:

  • Somnolence
  • Convulsions
  • and Depression

Inform your doctor right away. Cycloserine can make you feel dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you have any of those symptoms.

Plan you activities ahead as well. As mentioned earlier, you should not consume alcoholic beverages while you are on cycloserine treatment.

5 Potential Side Effects

There are several side effects that you need to watch out for while you are taking cycloserine. Consult your healthcare provider immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Shakiness or Trouble Talking
  • Seizures
  • Depression or Thoughts of Self-harm
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Personality Changes
  • Skin Rash or Hives
  • and/or Headache

Other side effects may not need immediate medical attention. However, if those get bothersome or do not improve over time, tell your physician as soon as possible.

You may not experience all of the aforementioned side effects. Again, consult your doctor if you experience symptoms that are not listed here.

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