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Telithromycin Oral tablet

It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections

Generic Name: telithromycin  |  Brand Name: Ketek

Brand Names: Ketek Pak, Ketek

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

  • Contraindicated in patients with myasthenia gravis. Fatal or life-threatening acute respiratory failure reported. (See Myasthenia Gravis Patients under Cautions.)

REMS:

FDA approved a REMS for telithromycin to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. However, FDA later rescinded REMS requirements. See the FDA REMS page ([Web]) or the ASHP REMS Resource Center ([Web]).

What is this medicine?

TELITHROMYCIN (tel ith roe MYE sin) is a ketolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections.This medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • irregular heart beat
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • myasthenia gravis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to telithromycin, macrolide antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You may take with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • ergotamine, dihydroergotamine
  • grepafloxacin
  • pimozide
  • rifampin
  • sirolimus
  • some medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
  • some medicines for irregular heart rhythm like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine
  • red yeast rice
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • carbamazepine
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • diuretics
  • itraconazole, ketoconazole
  • metoprolol
  • phenytoin
  • some medicines for anxiety or difficulty sleeping
  • sotalol
  • tacrolimus
  • theophylline
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

This medicine may cause you to faint or to have vision problems. Limit activities like driving, using heavy machinery, and other hazardous tasks. If you have vision problems or faint while taking this medicine avoid these activities.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in vision
  • dark urine
  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
  • irregular heartbeat
  • light-colored stools
  • lightheaded, faint, lose consciousness
  • loss of appetite, nausea
  • right upper belly pain
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • unusually weak or tired
  • white patches in the mouth or throat
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • stomach upset
  • vaginal irritation

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: September 02, 2009
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