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Who should not receive streptomycin?

People with viruses, rather than bacterial infections, should never be given streptomycin. Pregnant and breast-feeding women also should not receive streptomycin, as it could harm a developing fetus or nursing infant. Small infants cannot be given streptomycin safely. People over 65 years of age should be monitored more closely than other adults, as their risk of side effects may be increased. Some drugs, including nondepolarizing muscle relaxants, may make you ineligible for the injection. Your doctor also may change other medications if they will interfere with streptomycin. Discuss your symptoms, allergies, current medications and medical history with your doctor thoroughly before receiving streptomycin to avoid the risk of negative interactions.

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