Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Targocid.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking
to your doctor, or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks
of you being given this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
What Targocid is used for
Targocid injection is an antibiotic. It is used to kill bacteria responsible for
infections which can occur in your blood, bones or joints. This antibiotic is generally
used when the bacteria causing the infection are not satisfactorily eliminated by
other antibiotics (eg penicillin) or when patients may be allergic to other antibiotics.
Your doctor, however, may prescribe Targocid for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
Before you are given it
When you must not be given it
Do not receive Targocid if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients listed
at the end of this leaflet.
Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath
or swelling of the face, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty in swallowing
Do not receive it if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
It may affect your developing baby if you are given it during pregnancy.
Do not receive it if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
It is not known whether Targocid passes into breast milk.
Do not receive it after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack or vial.
If you receive it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not receive it if the package is damaged or shows signs of tampering.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
any other medicines, including to any other antibiotic (especially an antibiotic called
vancomycin, also known as Vancocin®)
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Like most medicines of this kind, Targocid is not recommended to be used during pregnancy.
Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the risks and benefits of being given it if
you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
It is not known whether Targocid passes into breast milk. Your doctor or pharmacist
will discuss the risks and benefits of being given it if you are breastfeeding or
planning to breastfeed.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any medical conditions especially
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you plan to have surgery.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before
you are given Targocid.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
Some medicines may affect with how Targocid works. These include:
aminoglycoside antibiotics, medicine used to treat bacterial infections
amphotericin B (amphotericin), medicine used to treat fungal infections
ciclosporin, medicine used to help control your body's immune system
cisplatin, a medicine used in the treatment of some cancers
furosemide (frusemide), a medicine used to remove excess fluid in the body
etacrynic acid, a medicine used to help the kidneys get rid of salt and water
These medicines may be affected by Targocid. You may need to use different amounts
of your medicine, or take different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or
to avoid while being given Targocid.
How it is given
How much will be given
On the first day of treatment most patients generally receive TWO doses of Targocid,
12 hours apart. During the following days, most patients receive ONE dose each day.
After the first day, the daily dose varies between 6 mg and 12 mg for each kilogram
of body weight, depending on the type of infection. An adult of normal weight (around
70 kg) would therefore receive a single daily dose of between 400 mg and 800 mg.
Patients with kidney problems may need lower doses (or doses less often) than other
patients. Your doctor can calculate how much Targocid you require if you have kidney
How it is given
Targocid injection should be prepared and administered by a qualified health professional
(doctor, pharmacist or nurse).
The vial of Targocid powder should be mixed carefully with the sterile water, which
is included in the pack, to form a clear solution.
The solution may be injected into a vein directly over about 5 minutes, or it may
be mixed with other sterile solutions and delivered into a vein from a 'drip' bottle
or bag over about 30 minutes.
Targocid solution may also be injected directly into a muscle.
How long it will be given
If you have an infection in your blood, you will probably need to receive a daily
injection of Targocid for 2 to 4 weeks. If you have an infection in any bones or
joints, you may require a daily injection of Targocid for 3 to 6 weeks.
If you receive too much (overdose)
As Targocid is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely
that you will receive too much. However, if you experience any unexpected or worrying
side effects after being given Targocid, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident
and Emergency at your nearest hospital.
While you are being given it
Things you must do
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are being
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist
that you are being given Targocid.
If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or
dentist that you are being given this medicine.
If you become pregnant while you are being given this medicine, stop using it and
tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Things you must not do
Do not receive more than the recommended dose unless your doctor or pharmacist tells
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as
Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist
tells you to.
Do not stop receiving Targocid because you are feeling better, unless advised by your
doctor or pharmacist.
If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, all of the bacteria
causing your infection may not be killed. These bacteria may continue to grow and
multiply so that your infection may not completely clear or it may return.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Targocid affects you.
Make sure you know how you react to it before you drive a car, operate machinery,
or do anything else that could be dangerous if you feel dizzy.
All medicines have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most
of the time they are not. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of using
this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are being given Targocid.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
local pain and redness at the injection site
These are mild side effects of this medicine and usually short-lived.
Tell your doctor pharmacist as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
ringing in the ears
if you suspect a second infection
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital
if you notice any of the following:
swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat, which may cause difficulty in swallowing
hives or welts on your skin
These are very serious side effects. If you have them, you may have had a serious
allergic reaction to Targocid. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
These side effects are very rare.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
After receiving it
If you have any queries about any aspect of your medicine, or any questions regarding
the information in this leaflet, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
Targocid is stored in the pharmacy or on the ward.
What it looks like
Targocid injection is presented in a glass vial as a white powder which your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse will mix with the ampoule of sterile water, included in the pack.
A clear solution is formed when the powder is mixed with the water.
The active ingredient in Targocid injection is teicoplanin. Each vial of Targocid
injection contains 400 mg teicoplanin.
The glass vial also contains an inactive ingredient, sodium chloride which is included
to minimise stinging and pain when the injection is administered.
The ampoule contains water for injections.
Targocid does not contain gluten, dyes or preservatives.
Targocid is supplied in Australia by:
sanofi-aventis australia pty ltd
12-24 Talavera Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Freecall No: 1800 818 806
Targocid is supplied in New Zealand by:
sanofi-aventis new zealand limited
Level 8, 56 Cawley Street
Ellerslie, Auckland 1051
Freecall No: 0800 283 684
This leaflet was prepared in April 2020.
targocid-ccdsv2-cmiv6-30apr20 Australian Register Number:
AUST R 47886