Ketek

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    Brand Name:Ketek
    Generic:Telithromycin
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2004-04-01 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Sanofi Aventis US
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2007/021144s012lbl.pdf

About Ketek

KETEK is an antibiotic. KETEK is used to treat adults 18 years of age and older with a lung infection called “community acquired pneumonia” that is caused by certain bacteria germs.

  • KETEK is not for other types of infections caused by bacteria
  • KETEK, like other antibiotics, does not kill viruses.

Side Effects of Ketek

  1. Do not take KETEK if you have Myasthenia Gravis (a rare disease which causes muscle weakness). Worsening of myasthenia gravis symptoms including life-threatening breathing problems have happened in patients with myasthenia gravis after taking KETEK in some cases leading to death.
  2. KETEK can cause other serious side effects, including:

  3. SEVERE LIVER DAMAGE (HEPATOXICITY). SEVERE LIVER DAMAGE, IN SOME CASES LEADING TO A LIVER TRANSPLANT OR DEATH HAS HAPPENED IN PATIENTS TREATED WITH KETEK. SEVERE LIVER DAMAGE HAS HAPPENED DURING TREATMENT, EVEN AFTER A FEW DOSES, OR RIGHT AFTER TREATMENT WITH KETEK HAS ENDED.
  4. Stop KETEK and call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems. Do not take another dose of KETEK unless your doctor tells you to do so.

    Signs of liver problems include:

    • increased tiredness
    • loss of appetite
    • yellowing of the skin and/or eyes
    • right upper belly pain
    • light-colored stools
    • dark urine
    • itchy skin

    Do not take KETEK if you have ever had side effects of the liver while taking KETEK or macrolide antibiotics. Macrolide antibiotics include erythromycin, azithromycin (Zithromax®), clarithromycin (Biaxin®) or dirithromycin (Dynabac®).

  5. Vision problems. KETEK may cause blurred vision, trouble focusing, and double vision. You may notice vision problems if you look quickly from near objects to far objects.
  6. Fainting. You may faint especially if you are also having nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness.
    • BE AWARE THAT VISION PROBLEMS AND FAINTING WHILE TAKING KETEK MAY AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE OR DO DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES. LIMIT DRIVING AND OTHER DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES.
    • IF YOU HAVE VISION PROBLEMS OR FAINT WHILE TAKING KETEK
    • DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE HEAVY MACHINES, OR DO DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES.
    • CALL YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANOTHER DOSE OF KETEK IF YOU HAVE VISION PROBLEMS OR FAINT.
  7. Other serious side effects include:
    • Pseudomembranous colitis (an intestine infection). Pseudomembranous colitis can happen with most antibiotics, including KETEK. Call your doctor if you get watery diarrhea, diarrhea that does not go away, or bloody stools. You may also have stomach cramps and a fever. Pseudomembranous colitis can happen up to 2 months after you have finished your antibiotic.

    The most common side effects of KETEK are nausea, headache, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea. These are not all of the side effects of KETEK. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

    Who Should Not Take Ketek

    Do not take KETEK if you:

    • have myasthenia gravis
    • have had side effects on the liver while taking KETEK or macrolide antibiotics.
    • have ever had an allergic reaction to KETEK or macrolide antibiotics.
    • take cisapride (Propulsid®) or pimozide (Orap®).
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