Ticarcillin/clavulanate (Injection)

Introduction

Clavulanate Potassium (KLAV-ue-la-nate poe-TAS-ee-um), Ticarcillin Disodium (tye-kar-SIL-in dye-SOE-dee-um)

Treats infections. This medicine is an antibiotic.

Brand Name(s)

Timentin

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 ticarcillin, clavulanate, penicillin antibiotics (such as amoxicillin, Amoxil®, Augmentin®), or cephalosporin antibiotics (such as cefdinir, cefuroxime, cephalexin).

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • 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.

If a dose is missed:

  • Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you also use probenecid (Benemid®) or birth control pills.
  • Tell your doctor if you are on a low-salt diet.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have kidney disease, bleeding problems, congestive heart failure, diarrhea, or a mineral imbalance (such as low potassium in the blood).
  • If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.Diarrhea may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this medicine.
  • 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.
  • Birth control pills may not work while you are using this medicine. Use another form of birth control to avoid getting pregnant.
  • 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, red skin rash
  • Diarrhea that may contain blood
  • Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, uneven heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild diarrhea
  • Mild skin rash
  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

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

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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