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Telavancin (Injection)

Telavancin (tel-a-VAN-sin)

Treats severe infections, including skin infection and pneumonia. This medicine is an antibiotic.

Brand Name(s):

Vibativ

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to telavancin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • This medicine is usually given once a day. The infusion usually takes about 1 hour.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using an NSAID pain or arthritis medicine (such as aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Voltaren®), a diuretic (water pill, such as hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide, torsemide, Lasix®), or blood pressure medicine (an ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril, enalapril, lisinopril, Lotrel®, Vasotec®, Zestoretic®, Zestril®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. You must have a negative pregnancy test before you will be given this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of heart rhythm problems (such as QT prolongation). Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to vancomycin.
  • Check with your doctor right away if you have blood in the urine, change in how much or how often you urinate, trouble breathing, drowsiness, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, or swelling of the feet or lower legs. These may be symptoms of a serious kidney problem.
  • This medicine may cause a rare infusion reaction. Tell your doctor right away if your face, neck, and upper body become red or you have a skin rash, itching, or hives.
  • Contact your doctor right away if you have any changes to your heart rhythm. You might feel dizzy or faint, or you might have a fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat. Make sure your doctor knows if you or anyone in your family has ever had a heart rhythm problem such as QT prolongation.
  • Ask your doctor before you take any medicine to stop severe diarrhea.This may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this medicine.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blood in the urine
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Diarrhea that may contain blood
  • Fainting, dizziness
  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
  • Rash or redness of the face, neck, upper body, back, and arms
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Bad or unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Foamy urine
  • Mild diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
  • Pain or redness where the needle is placed

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014
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