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If you have pneumonia or certain types of skin infections, your healthcare provider may recommend treatment with Teflaro. Using this prescription antibiotic helps prevent certain bacteria from building cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. There are also times when a healthcare provider might prescribe Teflaro to treat other types of infections; however, these are unapproved uses.

What Is Teflaro Used For?

Teflaro® (ceftaroline fosamil) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given as a slow injection into a vein (intravenously, or by IV).
Teflaro is approved for treating the following types of infections:
In particular, Teflaro is approved to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin and skin structure infections, among other types of infections. Teflaro is the first and only IV cephalosporin antibiotic approved for treating MRSA skin and skin structure infections.
The drug is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria, however. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Teflaro in certain parts of the country but not in others. This drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Teflaro. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
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