KETEK - telithromycin tablet, film coated
Physicians Total Care, Inc.
KETEK® (KEE tek)
Read the Medication Guide that comes with KETEK before you start taking it and each time you get a new prescription. There may be new information. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about KETEK. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.
What is the most important information I should know about KETEK?
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 people with myasthenia gravis after taking KETEK, in some cases leading to death.
KETEK can cause other serious side effects, including:
Stop taking 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.
Signs of liver problems include:
Do not take KETEK if you have ever had liver problems while taking KETEK or macrolide antibiotics. Macrolide antibiotics include:
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities while taking KETEK if you have:
Stop taking KETEK and call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms. Do not take another dose of KETEK unless your doctor tells you to.
4. Low blood pressure, slow heart rate, and fainting. Ketek may cause you to have low blood pressure, a slow heart rate, and fainting when you also take certain medicines called calcium channel blockers. Calcium channel blockers include:
What is 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 germs called bacteria.
Who should not take KETEK?
Do not take KETEK if you:
Talk to your doctor before taking KETEK if you have any of the conditions listed above.
What should I tell my doctor before taking KETEK?
Before taking KETEK, tell your doctor if you:
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. KETEK and other medicines may affect or interact with each other, sometimes causing serious side effects.
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if the medicine you take is included in the list of medicines above.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take other medicines with KETEK without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor will tell you if you can take other medicines while taking KETEK.
How should I take KETEK?
What are the possible side effects of KETEK?
KETEK may cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of KETEK are:
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects of KETEK. For more information ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
You may also report side effects to sanofi-aventis U.S. at 1-800-633-1610.
How should I store KETEK?
General Information about KETEK
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about KETEK. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about KETEK that was written for healthcare professionals. This information is also available on the KETEK website at www.KETEK.com or call 1-800-446-6267.
What are the ingredients in KETEK?
Active Ingredient: telithromycin
Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, red ferric oxide, talc, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide
Revised December 2010
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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