Various bacterial infections may be treated using a prescription antibiotic called Teflaro. This medicine is specifically approved to treat skin infections and pneumonia. It comes as an injection that is given intravenously every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days. Your dosage is calculated based on the severity of the infection, your kidney function, and other medical conditions you have. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and a rash.
What Is Teflaro?Teflaro® (ceftaroline fosamil) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat skin infections and pneumonia. It is given as an injection into a vein (intravenously, or by IV).
Who Makes This Medication?This medication is made by Facta Farmaceutici S.p.A. for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does Teflaro Work?As mentioned, Teflaro is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Teflaro works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin. Teflaro is usually classified as a "fifth-generation" cephalosporin.
When and How to Use It
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Teflaro include the following:
- This medication is given by IV every 12 hours. It takes about an hour to give the dose by IV.
- Depending on the type and severity of the infection, treatment usually lasts from 5 to 14 days.
- This antibiotic is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment course may be recommended.