GENERIC NAME: DAPTOMYCIN - INJECTION (DAP-toe-MYE-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Cubicin
USES: This medication is an antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This drug should not be used to treat pneumonia. If used to treat pneumonia, you may experience severe side effects (especially heart and breathing problems). Consult your doctor for more details.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If you have severe kidney disease or are on kidney dialysis, you should only receive this medication every other day (i.e., every 48 hours). Usually this drug is used for two weeks; or use as directed by your doctor.If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to take this medication until the full-prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve in one week (such as having a new or worsening fever).
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