Generic Name: lefamulin (le-FAM-ue-lin)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 6, 2020.
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In the U.S.
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Therapeutic Class: Antibiotic
Chemical Class: Pleuromutilin
Uses for lefamulin
Lefamulin is used to treat community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP).
Lefamulin belongs to the class of medicines known as pleuromutilin antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, lefamulin will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
Lefamulin is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using lefamulin
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For lefamulin, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to lefamulin or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of lefamulin in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of lefamulin in the elderly.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking lefamulin, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using lefamulin with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Using lefamulin with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Aripiprazole Lauroxil
- Arsenic Trioxide
- Inotuzumab Ozogamicin
- Sodium Phosphate
- Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic
- Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic
- St John's Wort
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of lefamulin. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Diarrhea or
- Heart rhythm problems (eg, QT prolongation, ventricular arrhythmia)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Liver disease, moderate to severe—Use is not recommended in patients with this condition.
Proper use of lefamulin
Take lefamulin only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
Swallow the tablet whole with water. Do not break, crush, or divide it.
Take lefamulin at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Keep using lefamulin for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you stop taking lefamulin too soon, your infection may not clear up.
The dose of lefamulin will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of lefamulin. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For community-acquired bacterial pneumonia:
- Adults—600 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours, to be taken for 5 days.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For community-acquired bacterial pneumonia:
If you miss a dose of lefamulin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
If your next regular dose is less than 8 hours away, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using lefamulin
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that lefamulin is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Using lefamulin while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant during treatment and for at least 2 days after the last dose. If you think you have become pregnant while using lefamulin, tell your doctor right away.
Do not use lefamulin if you are also using erythromycin (Ery-Tab®), moxifloxacin (Avelox®), medicine to treat heart rhythm problems (eg, amiodarone, quinidine, procainamide, sotalol, Betapace®, Cordarone®), medicine to treat mental illness (eg, pimozide, Orap®), or tricyclic antidepressants. Using these medicines together with lefamulin may cause unwanted serious side effects.
Contact your doctor right away if you have any changes to your heart rhythm. You might feel dizzy or faint, or you might have a fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat. Make sure your doctor knows if you or anyone in your family has ever had a heart rhythm problem such as QT prolongation.
Lefamulin may cause diarrhea, and in some cases it can be severe. It may occur 2 months or more after you stop taking lefamulin. Do not take any medicine to treat diarrhea without checking first with your doctor. Diarrhea medicines may make the diarrhea worse or make it last longer. If you have any questions about this or if mild diarrhea continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Lefamulin side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- decreased urine
- dry mouth
- increased thirst
- irregular heartbeat
- loss of appetite
- mood changes
- muscle pain or cramps
- nausea or vomiting
- numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
- trouble breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach tenderness
- chest pain or discomfort
- irregular or slow heart rate
- severe abdominal or stomach cramps and pain
- watery and severe diarrhea, which may also be bloody
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- trouble sleeping
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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