Ketek belongs to a group of drugs called antibiotics. Telithromycin is marketed under the brand name Ketek and is the first ketolide antibiotic to enter the clinical use. Telithromycin helps to treat bacterial infections by stopping the growth of bacteria or by killing them. It’ll not work on viral infections like colds, flu etc. but works on throat, sinus and lung infections specifically acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis, acute sinusitis and Pneumonia. Once a day two 400-milligram tablets (for a total of 800 milligrams) is the recommended dosage. It should be taken at the same time every day.

Side Effects of Ketek:

Consult your doctor to get a proper idea of the side effects of Ketek before going for this medication. Diarrhea, Nausea, Headache, Dizziness, Sleepiness (somnolence), Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia), Nervousness, Blurred or double vision, Rash or itching are some of the side effects of Ketek. Inform your doctor if you start developing some symptoms of any intensity as the doctor can guide you whether you should continue the treatment or not. Tell your health care professional if you develop blurred vision or difficulty focusing or other visual problems or an irregular heartbeat. You might even faint while taking the drug which should also be informed to a doctor.

Take some precautions before using this drug. Take extra caution if you are suffering from a disease in which muscles weaken called myasthenia gravis. The side effects of Ketek can be altered- increased or decreased if you are taking it with certain other drugs. Before combining Ketek with the drugs like Carbamazepine, diuretics, ergot-containing drugs such as Cafergot, Hexobarbital, Itraconazole, Ketoconazole, Metoprolol, Phenytoin, Rifampin, Sirolimus, Tacrolimus, consult your doctor.

Overdosing is generally not a problem with Ketek but if you suspect overdose symptoms, then consult your health care professional before it lead to another serious side effect. One of the severe side effects of Ketek is that it can suddenly and seriously damage liver. If liver failure develops, it can even cause death. It can also cause yellowing of the skin or eyes called jaundice or pain in stomach, nausea, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine and clay-colored stools. If this is the case then medication should be stopped and medical attention should be immediately sought. Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, difficulty breathing are some of the allergic reactions that if the user of ketek develops should immediately stop Ketek and call a health care professional.

There are some serious side effects and some less serious side effects. Watery or bloody diarrhea, difficulty focusing, drooping eyelid i.e. problems with vision, irregular heartbeats, fainting, feeling light-headed, weakness or pain in muscles, trouble in swallowing, loss of balance and coordination or inability to climb stairs or rise from a chair are some of the serious side effects of using Ketek. While as some of the less serious side effects of using Ketek are mild nausea, vaginal itching or discharge, vomiting, headache or dizziness. Seek medical help to know more about the side effects of Ketek.