Teicoplanin

Description

Teicoplanin is a glycopeptide antibiotic used in the treatment of a variety of bacterial infections caused by gram-positive bacteria. This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Teicoplanin

  • Rash
  • Erythema
  • Itching
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Hearing loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abscess

Uses of Teicoplanin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Skin and Soft tissue infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Bone and Joint infections
  • Bacterial endocarditis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue therapy based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to teicoplanin or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue therapy based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Red man Syndrome

This medicine may cause red man syndrome in some patients. This condition is characterized by symptoms such as itching, hives, erythema, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, etc. Stopping or slowing the rate of infusion may help in stopping these reactions. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Decreased blood platelet counts

This medicine may decrease the blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia) in some patients. Close monitoring of blood cell counts is recommended during treatment with this medicine. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Renal impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects.

Drug resistance

Usage of this medicine without sufficient proof or suspicion of a gram-positive bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that are drug resistant.

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause dizziness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience dizziness during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Oral form: The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one. Injection: Since this medicine is administered by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of a missed dose is very low. If you miss an appointment for a scheduled dose of this medicine, call your doctor immediately for further instructions.

Overdose

Oral form: Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Injection: Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Amphoterecin B

Aminoglycoside antibiotics

Furosemide

Cisplatin

Cyclosporine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral solution: Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Injection: This medicine should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if you have a known history of allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by interfering with bacterial cell wall synthesis and thus inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Glycopeptide antibiotics

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. 2018 [cited 9 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www2.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.9112.latest.pdf

[Internet]. 2018 [cited 9 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www2.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/27319

Teicoplanin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 9 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB06149

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2018 [cited 9 April 2018]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

[Internet]. CiplaMed. 2018 [cited 9 April 2018]. Available from:

https://ciplamed.com/content/ticocin-injection

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Information on this page was last updated on 11 Apr 2018

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