Generic Name: cycloserine (sye kloe SER een)Brand Names: Seromycin
Cycloserine is an antibiotic. It prevents tuberculous bacteria from growing in your body.
Cycloserine is used to treat tuberculosis (TB).
Cycloserine is also sometimes used to treat urinary tract and other types of infections that have not responded to other treatments.
Cycloserine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about Seromycin (cycloserine)?Take all of the cycloserine that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to improve before the infection is completely treated. Avoid alcohol while taking cycloserine. Alcohol will increase your risk of having a seizure during cycloserine treatment. Alcohol will also increase dizziness and drowsiness. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Cycloserine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Call your doctor immediately if you experience a skin rash, mental confusion, dizziness, headache, or tremors (shaking).
You cannot take cycloserine if you
suffer from depression,
have an anxiety disorder,
have a psychotic or psychiatric disorder,
have kidney disease, or
drink alcohol on a daily basis.
Take cycloserine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Cycloserine is usually taken twice a day. Follow your doctor's instructions.Take all of the cycloserine that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to improve before the infection is completely treated.
Cycloserine is usually combined with one or more other tuberculosis medicines.
Your doctor may also want you to take a supplemental vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) tablet daily during treatment to lessen side effects.Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Seromycin dosage in more detail
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Symptoms of a cycloserine overdose include drowsiness, confusion, headache, dizziness, irritability, numbness and tingling, difficulty speaking, paralysis, abnormal behavior, seizures, and unconsciousness.
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
numbness or tingling in your hands or feet;
a skin rash;
confusion or abnormal behavior;
difficulty speaking; or
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before taking cycloserine, tell your doctor if you are taking
ethionamide (Trecator-SC), or
You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with cycloserine. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.