February 28 2020

TELITHROMYCIN

List of brands containing telithromycin   

This page contains list of brands of authorized pharmaceutical specialties of the active principle telithromycin in the countries listed below:

Australia] [ Brazil] [ Canada] [ France] [ Germany] [ India] [ Italy] [ Japan] [ Mexico] [ Pakistan] [ Puerto Rico] [ Spain] [ Turkey] [ United Kingdom] [ U.S.A]

Given the nature of the pharmaceutical market, some specialties may be unavailable, have been removed from the pharmaceutical market or have changed its name. So that, in no case can take decisions based on the information contained in the page. MEDIZZINE is not responsible for any damage arising from the information provided, which may be incomplete or outdated.

Indications and usage     

Telithromycin is an antibiotic in the macrolide group. These antibiotics stop the growth of bacteria that cause infections.

This substance is used to treat infections caused by bacteria against which the medicine is active.

- In adults, telithromycin is used to treat throat infections, sinusitis (hollow cavities in the bones around the nose), chest infections in patients with long-term respiratory problems and lung infection (pneumonia).
- In adolescents12 years old or over, this antibiotic is used to treat throat infections.

Medizzine recommends consulting your doctor if you are unsure (or you do not know) why you have been given telithromycin.

Other ingredients of available commercial presentations:

The other ingredients (excipients) are microcrystalline cellulose, povidone K25, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate in the tablet core, and talc, macrogol 8000, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, yellow iron oxide and red iron oxide in covering.

Warning:

The composition of the various presentations may vary from one country to another. We recommend you consult the information provided by your local supplier.

Before taking the drug     

Do not use telithromycin

If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to telithromycin, to any macrolide antibiotic, or any of the other ingredients of the medicinal product prescribed to you. If you think may be allergic, ask your doctor.

Allergy symptoms may include:

- Asthma attacks with shortness of breath, audible wheezing or rapid breathing.
- More or less sudden swelling of the face, lips, tongue or elsewhere in the body. It is especially critical if it affects the vocal cords.
- Hives, itching, rash
- Anaphylactic shock (loss of consciousness, paleness, sweating, etc.).

Nor you should take this medicine:

- If you have myasthenia gravis, a rare disease which causes muscle weakness.
- If you have had a liver disease (hepatitis and/or jaundice) while taking telithromycin previously.
- If you are taking certain medications to control cholesterol or other lipids like simvastatin, as they may increase the adverse effects of these drugs.
- If you know that you or someone in your family have an abnormality of electrocardiogram called "congenital long QT syndrome".
- If you are taking other drugs with any of the following active ingredients:
      - ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (tablets or inhaler for a migraine),
      - terfenadine or astemizole (for allergy problems),
      - cisapride (for digestive problems)
,
      - pimozide (by psychiatric problems).
- if you have kidney problems (severely impaired renal function) and/or liver problems (severely impaired hepatic function) Do not take telithromycin if you are using other medicines containing any of the following active ingredients:
      - ketoconazole (a treatment for fungal infections),
      - A protease inhibitor drug (AIDS treatments)
.

Take special care with telithromycin

- If you have had certain heart problems such as coronary heart disease, ventricular arrhythmias, bradycardia (changes in heart rate or electrocardiogram) or if you have had certain abnormal blood tests due to medical conditions such as low potassium levels (hypokalemia), low magnesium (hypomagnesaemia).
- If you develop severe or prolonged or bloody diarrhea during or after treatment with telithromycin, consult your doctor immediately, as it may be necessary to interrupt the treatment. Diarrhea may be a sign of bowel inflammation which can occur following treatment with antibiotics.
- If you have liver failure.
- if you experience visual disturbances (blurred vision, difficulty in focusing, double vision).
- if you experience fainting (transient loss of consciousness).

If you have or think you may suffer from any of these conditions, consult your doctor before taking telithromycin.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine only for you. Never give it to someone else.

If in doubt, consult your doctor.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including herbal products or drugs obtained without a prescription.

These drugs should not be taken together with telithromycin:

- Medications to control cholesterol levels and other blood lipids, such as simvastatin, as the adverse effects of these drugs, may increase.
- Other medicines containing any of the following active ingredients:
      - ergotamine or dihydroergotamine (both in tablets as inhalers for treating migraines)
      - terfenadine or astemizole (for allergy problems)
      - cisapride (for digestive problems)
      - pimozide (for psychiatric problems)
- if you have kidney problems (severely impaired renal function) and/or liver problems (severely impaired hepatic function). Do not take telithromycin if you are using other medicines containing any of the following active ingredients:
      - ketoconazole (for fungal infections),
      - a protease inhibitor drug (in AIDS treatments).

It is important to tell your doctor if you are taking:

- Medicines containing phenytoin and carbamazepine (for epilepsy)
- Rifampicin (antibiotic)
- Phenobarbital or St. John's wort (hypericum) (herb for mild depression)
- Medicines such as tacrolimus, cyclosporine and sirolimus (used in organ transplants),
- Metoprolol (for heart problems),
- Ritonavir (for HIV infections).

Use with food and beverages

This medicine may be taken with or without food.

Special physiological situations

Pregnancy and lactation:

Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

If you are pregnant do not take telithromycin, since the safe use of this antibiotic in pregnancy is not sufficiently established.

Do not take telithromycin if you are breastfeeding.

Use in children

Telithromycin is not recommended for children or teenagers under 12.

Driving and using machines

You should limit driving or other hazardous activities while taking telithromycin.

If you have vision problems, fainting, confusion or hallucinations while taking this antibiotic, you should not drive, operating heavy machinery or engaging in other hazardous activities.

Taking telithromycin may cause side effects such as visual disturbances, confusion or hallucination which may reduce the ability to perform certain tasks. There have also been rare reports of fainting (loss of consciousness), which may be preceded by general symptoms, eg nausea and stomach upsets. These symptoms may occur after taking the first dose of telithromycin.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine.

How to use telithromycin     

Follow carefully instructions of use of telithromycin provided by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist when in doubt. Follow the instructions of the physician in preference to those given in this website, which may be different. Ask your doctor to explain any aspect that you do not understand, contained in the instruction leaflet that comes with the medicine.

The usual duration of treatment is 5 days for throat infections, sinus and lung infections in patients with long-term respiratory problems and 7-10 days for pneumonia.

The usual dose for adults and children over 12 years is two tablets of 400 mg once daily (800 mg a day).

If you have kidney problems (severe renal insufficiency) you should take alternating daily doses of 800 mg (two tablets of 400 mg) and 400 mg (one tablet of 400 mg), starting with a dose of 800 mg.

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.

It is recommended taking the tablets at the same time each day. If possible, take the tablets before bedtime to reduce the potential impact of visual disturbances and loss consciousness.

If you think the effect of the medicine is too strong or too weak, consult your doctor.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

While you take telithromycin     

If a doctor prescribes another medicine, tell you are taking telithromycin.

Check with your doctor regularly developments of disorder that motivates the use of telithromycin. Maybe there is some reason that prevented you properly receive the indicated doses and induce your doctor to erroneous conclusions about treatment.

Do not restart treatment with telithromycin at your own risk without first talking to your doctor, nor encourage its use by another person, even if have the same symptoms you have. Nor is it advisable to interrupt or reduce the dose without considering the opinion of your doctor.

If you feel unwell during treatment with telithromycin, immediately consult your doctor.

If you take more than you should:

If you accidentally take one tablet more than you should, chances are that nothing happens. If you accidentally take several tablets more than you should, consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately or call the National Toxicological Information Service in your country. If you have taken a telithromycin overdose, go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.

If you forget to take telithromycin

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next tablets at the right time.

If you stop taking telithromycin

Take all the tablets prescribed by your doctor, even if you begin to feel better before completion. If you stop taking the tablets too soon, the infection may reappear or worsen your condition.

If you stop taking the tablets too soon, it could also contribute to the development of bacterial resistance to the medicine.

If you think you should stop the treatment by suffering from a side effect contact your doctor immediately to get advice before taking the next dose.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects of telithromycin     

Like all medicines, telithromycin can cause side effects although not everybody gets them.

The frequency of side effects is classified into:

Very common: affect 1 out of 1-10 patients
Common: affect 1 out of 10-100 patients
Uncommon: affect 1 out of 100-1.000 patients
Rare: affect 1 out of 1.000-10.000 patients
Very Rare: affect less than 1 in 10,000 patients
Incidence not known: Can not be established the true incidence from the available data

Stop taking the medication if it appears any of the following side effects and consult your doctor right away:

- Allergic skin reactions such as swelling of the face, general allergic reactions including allergic shock, or serious skin conditions associated with red spots, blisters (incidence not known).
- Serious, persistent or bloody diarrhea associated with abdominal pain or fever. It can be a sign of serious bowel inflammation which may occur very rarely following treatment with antibiotics (very rare).
- Signs and symptoms of liver disease (hepatitis) as an appearance of yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), dark urine, itching, loss of appetite or abdominal pain (rare).
- Worsening of a condition called myasthenia gravis, a rare disease which causes muscle weakness (incidence not known).

The above serious side effects may require urgent medical attention.

The rest of the side effects are listed below:

Very common side effects:

- Diarrhea, usually moderate and transient.

Common side effects:

- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence

(excess gas)
- Dizziness, headache, taste disturbance
- Vaginal candidiasis (fungal infection associated with local itching, burning and white discharge)
- Increased liver enzymes (detected by blood tests).

Uncommon or rare side effects

- Constipation, loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Inflammation in the mouth, oral fungal infection (oral candidiasis)
- Liver disorders (hepatitis)
- Rash, hives (urticaria), itching (pruritus), eczema
- Drowsiness, difficulty sleeping (insomnia), nervousness, vertigo
- Tingling in the hands or feet (paresthesia)
- Visual disturbances (blurred vision, difficulty focusing, double vision)
- hot flashes, fainting (transient loss of consciousness)
- Changes in heart rate (eg slow heartbeat) or abnormal electrocardiogram
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- An increase of certain white blood cells, detected by blood test (eosinophilia).

Very rare side effects:

- Muscle cramps and smell disorders.

Other side effects (incidence not known) which may occur with telithromycin are:

- An abnormality of electrocardiogram named long QT
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Pain in muscles and joints
- Confusion
- Hallucinations
- Loss of smell and taste
- Have been reported cases of liver failure.

If any of these side effects are troublesome, severe, or do not wear off while treatment goes on, tell your doctor as soon as possible.

This list does not include all adverse reactions associated with the use of telithromycin, both well established as those that are under consideration or confirmation. In case you feel unwell, should immediately consult with the doctor who prescribed this medicine.

If you notice any side effects not listed in this website or in the leaflet accompanying the package, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If any of the side effects gets serious, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

List of brands containing telithromycin     

This page contains list of brands of authorized pharmaceutical specialties of the active principle telithromycin in the countries listed below:

Australia] [ Brazil] [ Canada] [ France] [ Germany] [ India] [ Italy] [ Japan] [ Mexico] [ Pakistan] [ Puerto Rico] [ Spain] [ Turkey] [ United Kingdom] [ U.S.A]

Given the nature of the pharmaceutical market, some specialties may be unavailable, have been removed from the pharmaceutical market or have changed its name. So that, in no case can take decisions based on the information contained in the page. MEDIZZINE is not responsible for any damage arising from the information provided, which may be incomplete or outdated.

Warning:

With exceptions expressly indicated, these lists do not include active principle associations with other drugs or clinical use containers.

Australia:     

N/A

Brazil:     

KETEK 400 mg, 10-14 tablets

Canada:     

N/A

France:     

KETEK 400 mg, 10 tablets

Germany:     

KETEK 400 mg, 10-14-20 tablets

India:     

B/A

Italy:     

KETEK 400 mg, 10 tablets

Japan:     

KETEK 300 mg, 10 tablets

Mexico:     

KETEK 400 mg, 10-14-20 dragees

Pakistan:     

ENGTEL 400 mg, tablets
KETEL 400 mg, tablets
TEL-MYCIN 400 mg, tablets
TELITHRO 400 mg, tablets
TELMARK 400 mg, tablets
TELROM 400 mg, tablets
TELROM 400 mg, tablets

Spain:     

KETEK 300 mg, 10 tablets

Turkey:     

KETEK 300 mg, 10 tablets

United Kingdom:     

KETEK 400 mg, 10-14-20 tablets

U.S.A. and Puerto Rico:     

KETEK 300 mg, 20 tableta
KETEK 400 mg, 10, 60 and 100 tablets

Page updated: December 11, 2010.