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ticarcillin (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ticarcillin (Ticar)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ticarcillin or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as:

  • amoxicillin (Amoxil, Augmentin);
  • ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen);
  • carbenicillin (Geocillin);
  • dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen);
  • oxacillin (Bactocill); or
  • penicillin (Beepen-VK, Ledercillin VK, Pen-V, Pen-Vee K, Pfizerpen, V-Cillin K, Veetids, and others).

Before using ticarcillin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially cephalosporins such as Ceclor, Ceftin, Duricef, Keflex, and others), or if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • an electrolyte imbalance such as low levels of potassium in your blood;
  • a history of any type of allergy; or
  • if you are on a salt-restricted diet.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use ticarcillin, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Ticarcillin can make birth control pills less effective. Use a second non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while using ticarcillin.

It is not known whether ticarcillin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use ticarcillin (Ticar)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Ticarcillin is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be given instructions on how to inject your medicine at home. Do not use this medicine at home if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles and other items used in giving the medicine.

Ticarcillin must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before injecting it. Do not mix the medicine until you are ready to give yourself an injection.

Ticarcillin is usually given for 10 to 14 days, depending on the infection being treated. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Use each needle only one time. Throw away used needles and syringes in a puncture-proof container. If your medicine does not come with such a container, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets. Your pharmacist can tell you how to properly dispose of the container.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Ticarcillin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Store unmixed ticarcillin, and the liquid diluent, at cool room temperature.

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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