Ticarcillin/clavulanic acid (Injection)
Clavulanate Potassium (KLAV-ue-la-nate poe-TAS-ee-um), Ticarcillin Disodium (tye-kar-SIL-in dye-SOE-dee-um)
Treats infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is an antibiotic.
TimentinThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ticarcillin/clavulanic acid or any penicillin medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It may also be given by a home health caregiver.
- You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
- Never share your medicine with anyone.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or pharmacist for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
- If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Ask your caregiver how long you can store the medicine.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
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 probenecid.
- Tell your doctor if you are on a low-salt diet.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, electrolyte problems (such as high or low potassium or calcium in your blood), or a stiff neck or severe headache.
- Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a cephalosporin antibiotic (such as Ceftin®, Cephalexin®, Keflex®, or Ceclor®) and about any other allergies you have.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
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 face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Severe skin blistering, peeling, redness, or other rash
- Muscle weakness or twitching, irregular heartbeat
- Seizures, convulsions
- Severe diarrhea (watery or bloody), nausea, stomach cramps or bloating (may happen after you stop using Timentin®)
- Swelling, pain, or redness where the needle is inserted
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea, nausea, gas
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: 1/4/2011
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