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Available as an intravenous injection, ceftaroline is given every 12 hours to treat pneumonia and certain skin infections. Your dosage is calculated based on the type and severity of your infection, among other factors. This prescription drug works by preventing bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Nausea, diarrhea, and a rash are possible side effects.


What Is Ceftaroline?

Ceftaroline fosamil (Teflaro®) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat skin infections and pneumonia. It is given as an injection into a vein (intravenously, or by IV).
(Click What Is Ceftaroline Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, ceftaroline can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of ceftaroline include but are not limited to:
(Click Ceftaroline Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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