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Ticarcillin is used (in combination with clavulanic acid) in the treatment of various bacterial infections involving bones, joints, skin and soft tissue, respiratory tract, ear, nose and throat, kidney and other parts of the body.

How it works

Ticarcillin belongs to group of medications called as penicillin antibiotics. It kills the bacteria by interrupting with bacterial cell wall (outer coating of bacteria) formation. As a result, the bacterial cell wall is weakened and ruptured, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Inflammation, Injection site burn, Injection site pain, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Ensure that you undergo regular tests to monitor the function of liver and kidneys while taking this medicine.
  • Use ticarcillin for the complete duration of therapy even if you feel better.
  • Do not take ticarcillin for treating viral infections such as cold or flu.
  • Inform your doctor before taking ticarcillin if you are taking antibiotics like neomycin, gentamycin, drugs like probenecid or methotrexate.
  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug if you are going to undergo any blood tests as ticarcillin may affect the results of these tests.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)