Ceftaroline Fosamil (sef-TAR-oh-leen FOS-a-mil)
Treats certain skin infections and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) caused by bacteria. Belongs to a class of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ceftaroline or to other cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefuroxime, cephalexin, Cefzil®, or Omnicef®.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- This medicine is usually given every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days or until your body responds to the medicine. Each treatment usually takes at least an hour.
- Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, anemia, or a history of colitis (inflammation in gut) or severe diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, penicillin, Amoxil®, Augmentin®, Trimox®, or Veetids®.
- This medicine may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have itching; hives; hoarseness; shortness of breath; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after you receive this medicine.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea. Check with your doctor right away if the diarrhea continues. Diarrhea may occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
- Hemolytic anemia may occur while you are using this medicine. Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you have back, leg, or stomach pains; bleeding gums; chills; dark urine; difficulty with breathing; fever; general body swelling; headache; loss of appetite; nausea or vomiting; nosebleeds; pale skin; sore throat; unusual tiredness or weakness; or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash.
- Diarrhea that may contain blood.
- Severe stomach pain, cramps, or bloating.
- Shortness of breath, tiredness, uneven heartbeat, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or vomiting.
- Mild skin rash.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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