Ceftaroline

Pronunciation

Generic Name: ceftaroline (sef-TAR-oh-leen)
Brand Name: Teflaro

Ceftaroline is used for:

Treating certain bacterial infections.

Ceftaroline is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use ceftaroline if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in ceftaroline or to any other cephalosporin antibiotic (eg, cephalexin)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using ceftaroline:

Some medical conditions may interact with ceftaroline. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to a penicillin (eg, amoxicillin) or another beta-lactam antibiotic (eg, imipenem)
  • if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation), blood clotting problems, kidney or liver problems, or poor nutrition

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ceftaroline. However, no specific interactions with ceftaroline are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if ceftaroline may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use ceftaroline:

Use ceftaroline as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Ceftaroline is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using ceftaroline at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use ceftaroline. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Ceftaroline is light to dark yellow in color. Do not use ceftaroline if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use ceftaroline for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Do not mix this product with other medicines or add it to solutions that contain other medicines.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of ceftaroline, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ceftaroline.

Important safety information:

  • Ceftaroline only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Be sure to use ceftaroline for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of ceftaroline may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Ceftaroline may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using ceftaroline.
  • Lab tests, including kidney function, may be performed while you use ceftaroline. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use ceftaroline with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Ceftaroline should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using ceftaroline while you are pregnant. It is not known if ceftaroline is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use ceftaroline, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of ceftaroline:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); back pain; bloody or watery stools; decreased urination; dizziness; fever, chills, or sore throat; muscle pain, weakness, or cramping; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; severe stomach pain or cramps; slow or irregular heartbeat; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; white spots in the mouth; yellowing of the eyes and skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of ceftaroline:

Ceftaroline is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using ceftaroline at home, store ceftaroline as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep ceftaroline out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about ceftaroline, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ceftaroline is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take ceftaroline or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about ceftaroline. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to ceftaroline. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using ceftaroline.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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