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Adults who have pneumonia or certain bacterial skin infections may receive a prescription antibiotic called ceftaroline. There are also some off-label (unapproved) reasons to use ceftaroline, such as treating other types of infections. This antibiotic works to kill bacteria by preventing them from forming cell walls. However, it cannot treat all types of bacterial infections.

 

An Overview of Uses for Ceftaroline

Ceftaroline fosamil (Teflaro®) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given as a slow injection into a vein (intravenously, or by IV).
 
Ceftaroline is approved for treating the following types of infections:
   
In particular, ceftaroline is approved to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin and skin structure infections, among other types of infections. It is the first and only IV cephalosporin antibiotic approved for this use.
 
Ceftaroline is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to ceftaroline in certain parts of the country but not in others. This drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
 
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to ceftaroline. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
 

How Does It Work?

Ceftaroline is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Ceftaroline works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin.
 
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