What is this medicine?
DALFOPRISTIN; QUINUPRISTIN (dal FOE pris tin; kwi NYOO pris tin) is a streptogramin antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever or chills
flushing, reddening of the face and neck
muscle or joint pain
numb, tingling pain
pain at site where injected
swelling of the arms, hands, legs, or feet
unusually tired or weak
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for anxiety or sleep like diazepam, midazolam
medicines for cholesterol like lovastatin
medicines for HIV like delavirdine, indinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir
steroid medicines like methylprednisolone
some medicines for cancer like docetaxel, paclitaxel, vinblastine
some medicines for irregular heart beat like disopyramide, quinidine, lidocaine
some medicines for heart disease like diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
other chronic illness
an unusual or allergic reaction to dalfopristin, quinupristin, pristinamycin, virginiamycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
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.