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If you receive treatment with ceftaroline, your dosage will be determined based on the type and severity of the infection you have, your kidney function, and various other considerations. This antibiotic is given as an injection into a vein (by IV). Each dose takes about one hour to administer and is usually given every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days.


An Introduction to Your Dosage of Ceftaroline

The dosage of ceftaroline fosamil (Teflaro®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on factors such as:
  • The type and severity of the infection being treated
  • How well your kidneys are functioning
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Recommended Ceftaroline Dosing Guidelines for Treating Infections

The standard recommended dosage for ceftaroline for treating skin/skin structure infections or pneumonia is 600 mg given intravenously (by IV) every 12 hours. For pneumonia, the drug is usually given for five to seven days. For skin and skin structure infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, the drug is usually given for 5 to 14 days.
If your kidneys are not functioning well, your healthcare provider may recommend a lower ceftaroline dose.

General Information on Receiving Ceftaroline

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ceftaroline include the following:
  • This medication is given by IV every 12 hours. It takes about an hour to receive the dose.
  • Depending on the type and severity of the infection, treatment usually lasts from 5 to 14 days.
  • Ceftaroline is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment course may be recommended.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or ceftaroline dosing in general, please talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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