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TELITHROMYCIN is a ketolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections.This medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Compare ketolide antibiotics.
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9 tablets
9 tablets

Telithromycin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

This medicine may cause you to faint or to have vision problems. Limit activities like driving, using heavy machinery, and other hazardous tasks. If you have vision problems or faint while taking this medicine avoid these activities.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.


Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:


Abdominal or stomach pain

blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

blurred vision

chest pain or discomfort





dark urine

decreased urine

difficulty with breathing, chewing, swallowing, or talking


double vision

drooping eyelids

dry mouth


faintness or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

fever with or without chills

increased thirst


joint pain

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

light-colored stools

loss of appetite

mood changes

muscle pain or cramps

muscle weakness



numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips

red, irritated eyes

shortness of breath

skin rash

sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips or tongue

stomach cramps, tenderness, or pain


tightness in the chest

unusual tiredness or weakness

upper right abdominal or stomach pain


watery or bloody diarrhea

weakness or heaviness of the legs


yellow eyes and skin

Incidence not known

Black, tarry stools

clay-colored stools

continuous vomiting

dark-colored urine

decreased appetite

general feeling of tiredness or weakness

swelling of the feet or lower legs

unpleasant breath odor

vomiting of blood

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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Less common

Abnormal dreams

acid or sour stomach


bloated, full feeling, or pressure in the stomach

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

burning feeling in the chest or stomach

change in color, amount, or odor of vaginal discharge

change in sense of smell

change in taste

difficulty focusing the eyes

difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

disturbed attention span

dry lips

dry skin

excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

feeling of warmth, redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

frequent urination



increased amount of pale, dilute urine


itching of the vagina or outside genitals

lack or loss of strength


loose stools

loss of appetite

loss of sense of taste

pain during sexual intercourse

pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones

passing gas more often than usual

redness of the skin

redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue

sensation of spinning

shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet

skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing


sore mouth or tongue

sore throat

stomach upset or pain

stuffy or runny nose

swelling or puffiness of the face

tenderness in the stomach area

thick, white curd-like vaginal discharge, without odor or with mild odor

tooth discoloration

trouble sleeping

weight loss

white patches in the mouth and on the tongue

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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