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Teicoplanin is used in the treatment of serious bacterial infections.

How it works

Teicoplanin is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the cell wall with the strength required for survival of bacteria in human body.

Common side effects

Nausea, Noisy breathing, Pain, Inflammation of a vein, Rash, Liver enzyme increased, Abdominal cramp, Tachycardia, Allergic reaction, Bronchoconstriction (constriction of air passages), Cough, Deafness, Decreased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Fainting, Headache, Hearing loss, Increased white blood cell count (eosinophils), Itching, Flushing, Red man syndrome, Ringing in ear, Skin redness, Sneezing, Subcutaneous swelling, Vestibular disorder, Vomiting, Reduced blood platelets


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Expert advice

  • Do not take teicoplanin if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to vancomycin, teicoplanin or any of the other ingredients of teicoplanin formulation.
  • Do not take teicoplanin if you have red man syndrome; low platelet count in the blood (thrombocytopenia); kidney problem.
  • Avoid using teicoplanin if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking teicoplanin because you may feel drowsy.
  • Do the blood tests for complete blood cell count at regular intervals.
  • Do not prolong the use of teicoplanin.

Frequently asked questions


Q.Is teicoplanin a penicillin or does it contain penicillin?
No, teicoplanin is not penicillin and it does not contain penicillin

Q.Is teicoplanin nephrotoxic?
It is nephrotoxic in patients with kidney problem and in those receiving teicoplanin concurrently with other medicinal products having nephrotoxic potential (eg. aminoglycosides, cisplatin).Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use

Q.Is teicoplanin safe in penicillin allergy?
Yes, it is safe in penicillin allergy

Q.What is teicoplanin used for?
Teicoplanin is used to treat infections of skin and soft tissues, bones and joints, lung (pneumonia), urinary tract, inner layer of the heart called endocardium, peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). Teicoplanin is also used as an alternative oral treatment for Clostridium difficile infection-associated diarrhea and colitis

Q.How does teicoplanin work?
It is antibacterial medicine and works by killing the bacteria that causes infections.

Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)