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Brand Names: Teflaro

Generic Name: ceftaroline (Pronunciation: SEF ta ROE leen)

What is ceftaroline (Teflaro)?

Ceftaroline is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotics. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.

Ceftaroline is used to treat skin infections or pneumonia caused by bacteria.

Ceftaroline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ceftaroline (Teflaro)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • chest pain;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • unusual bleeding;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
  • increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling).

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ceftaroline (Teflaro)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ceftaroline, or to similar antibiotics, such as Ceftin, Cefzil, Keflex, and others.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or a history of intestinal problems.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Ceftaroline will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop using ceftaroline and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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