ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium (injection) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium (Timentin)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clavulanate potassium, ticarcillin, or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as:
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially cephalosporins such as Ceclor, Ceftin, Duricef, Keflex, and others), or if you have:
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 and clavulanate potassium 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 and clavulanate potassium.
It is not known whether ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium 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 and clavulanate potassium (Timentin)?
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 and clavulanate potassium 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 shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.
Ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium 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 and clavulanate potassium is usually given for 10 to 14 days, depending on the infection being treated. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
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 and clavulanate potassium will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium.
Store unmixed ticarcillin and clavulanate potassium, and the liquid diluent, at cool room temperature.
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