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Oritavancin

Generic Name: oritavancin (or-IT-a-VAN-sin)
Brand Name: Orbactiv

Oritavancin is used for:

Treating skin infections caused by certain bacteria.

Oritavancin is an antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use oritavancin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in oritavancin

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

Before using oritavancin:

Some medical conditions may interact with oritavancin. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with oritavancin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Heparin and warfarin because the risk of bleeding may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if oritavancin 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 oritavancin:

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

  • Oritavancin is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss a dose of oritavancin, contact your doctor to find out what to do.

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

Important safety information:

  • Oritavancin only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Long-term or repeated use of oritavancin 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.
  • Do not receive heparin through the vein for 48 hours after oritavancin. Oritavancin may affect certain lab tests used to check how well heparin is working. Talk with your doctor.
  • More cases of serious bone infections were seen in patients treated with oritavancin than in patients treated with another medicine. Talk with your doctor if you have bone pain.
  • Oritavancin may interfere with certain lab tests, including coagulation tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using oritavancin.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using oritavancin while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use oritavancin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of oritavancin:

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:

Headache; irritation at the injection site; mild diarrhea; nausea; vomiting.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or watery stools; flushing of the skin; severe or persistent diarrhea; stomach cramps.

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 oritavancin:

Oritavancin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using oritavancin at home, store oritavancin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about oritavancin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Oritavancin 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 oritavancin 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 oritavancin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to oritavancin. 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 oritavancin.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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