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Why is this medication prescribed?
Injections of ceftaroline are used to treat certain skin infections in adults, children, and infants, including new-borns, that are brought on by specific bacteria. Certain bacterial pneumonia (lung infections) in adults, children, and infants 2 months of age and older are treated with ceftaroline injection. Ceftaroline belongs to the group of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics. It eliminates bacteria to operate.
Colds, the flu, or other viral diseases cannot be treated with antibiotics, such as ceftaroline injection. Antibiotic overuse raises the likelihood that you’ll get an infection later on that is resistant to antibiotic therapy.
How should this medicine be used?
Ceftaroline injection is administered via a needle or catheter inserted into your vein and is available as a powder to be mixed with liquid. It is often administered intravenously (into a vein) during a period of 5 to 60 minutes to adults every 12 hours, to children every 8 or 12 hours, and to infants and newborns every 8 hours. The type of illness you have and how your body reacts to the medication will determine how long your treatment will last.
Ceftaroline injection can be administered at home or received at a hospital. Your doctor will demonstrate how to administer ceftaroline injection if you plan to do so at home. Make sure you comprehend these instructions, and if you have any issues, consult your healthcare professional.
During the initial days of your ceftaroline injection treatment, you should start to feel better. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse.
Even if you feel better, keep using the ceftaroline injection until the prescription is finished. Your illness could not be completely treated if you stop taking ceftaroline injection too soon or skip doses, and the bacteria might develop an antibiotic resistance.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using ceftaroline injection,
- If you have a ceftaroline allergy, as well as any other cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir, cefditoren (Spectracef), or cefepime, notify your doctor and pharmacist right away (Maxipime), ceftazidime (Fortaz, Tazicef, in Avycaz), ceftibuten (Cedax), cefpodoxime, cefprozil, cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefotetan, cefoxitin (Mefoxin), cefpodoxime, cefprozil, cefpodoxime, ceftriaxone, penicillin antibiotics; carbapenem antibiotics; or any other drugs, such as cefuroxime (Zinacef), cephalexin (Keflex), and cefuroxime. If you’re unsure whether a medicine to which you have an allergy falls under one of these categories, consult your doctor or pharmacist. If any of the components in ceftaroline injection cause you an allergic reaction, let your doctor know right away. For a list of the ingredients, ask your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- If you have renal illness now or ever have, let your doctor know.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking ceftaroline injection.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
The injection of ceftaroline may have adverse effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Soreness or redness at the injection site
Certain adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur to you:
- During treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment, you may experience fever, stomach pains, or red or watery stools
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Swelling of the throat or tongue
- Extreme fatigue
- Light skin
- Rapid or erratic heartbeat
- Breathing difficulty
- Chest discomfort
- Chilly fingers and toes
Ceftaroline may also have other adverse effects. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right once.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
The best way to preserve your medication will be advised by your doctor. Just as prescribed, only store your prescription. Be sure to know the right way to store your medications.
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To monitor how your body is responding to the ceftaroline injection, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking ceftaroline injection prior to any laboratory test.
Call your doctor if, after finishing your ceftaroline injection treatment, you still experience signs of infection.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.