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What should I know about ticarcillin-clavulanate before receiving it?

Prior to using Timentin (the brand name for the medication containing ticarcillin and clavulanate), you should provide your doctor with your complete medical history, including any medical conditions you have or have ever had. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have heart disease, congestive heart failure, a bleeding or clotting condition, kidney disease, low blood potassium, abnormal electrolyte blood level, dehydration, or diarrhea. It is important to tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant while taking ticarcillin-clavulanate. The FDA has classified ticarcillin-clavulanate as a pregnancy category B drug, which means studies indicate there may be no risk to a fetus from the medication, but that this data is inconclusive.

There also are inadequate studies to determine if it harms a nursing infant when passed through breast milk. A woman should discuss with her doctor any potential risks to her infant that may come as a result of taking this medication. Ticarcillin-clavulanate interferes with oral contraceptives and may render them ineffective. A woman should use an alternative form of birth control while taking the medication.

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