Neonatal Intensive Care UnitChildren's Hospital

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(Ticarcillin/Clavulanic acid)


  • Timentin is reserved for the treatment of infections which are caused by susceptible Gram-negative bacteria which are ampicillin resistant
  • Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: this is an aerobic, Gram-negative bacillus; antibiotic susceptibility studies and clinical observation suggest that the most active antibiotics against S.maltophilia are TMP-SMX (Septra) and ticarcillin/clavulanic acid (Timentin)
  • in general, Timentin should NOT be used for the treatment of Gram-positive organisms, since other agents (eg. Penicillin, Ampicillin) are more appropriate


  • ticarcillin is a semisynthetic extended-spectrum penicillin
  • clavulanic acid is an inhibitor of certain Beta - lactamases.
  • ticarcillin is active in vitro against many Gram-positive aerobic cocci (including group B streptococci), Gram-negative aerobic cocci (including enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas) and anaerobic bacteria (including some strains of Bacteroides);
  • clavulanic acid expands the spectrum of ticarcillin to include beta-lactamase producing strains of S aureus, H influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, B fragilis, Klebsiella and Proteus species
  • the antibacterial activity of ticarcillin and aminoglycosides may be additive or synergistic against some strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • ticarcillin is well distributed throughout most body tissues and fluids; high levels are not attained in the CSF, although CSF levels are generally higher when the meninges are inflamed
  • Serum half life

    < 7 days old : 3.5 - 5.6 hours
    1 to 8 weeks : 1.3 - 2.2 hours

    Clavulanic acid
    4.4 hours ('neonates')

  • elimation
    • Ticarcillin
      almost entirely eliminated in the urine as unchanged drug
    • Clavulanic acid
      metabolized in the liver

Side Effects

  • hypersensitivity reactions (rare in the neonate)
  • hematologic effects (rare)
  • GI effects (vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea)
  • local reactions (vein irritation, pain, erythema, phlebitis)
  • transient increases in serum levels of liver enzymes have been reported
  • when used in anti-Pseudomonal doses ticarcillin can interfere with platelet aggregation, which may promote bleeding; this effect appears to be related to the dose and the duration of therapy


  • administer slow IV infusion over 30 minutes
  • extend dosing interval in renal or renal + hepatic impairment

    Dose: 75 to 100mg/kg (see chart for doing interval)

    Ticarcillin/clavulanic acid dosing chart
    (based on ticarcillin component)
    Gestational Age
    Post Natal Age
    0 to 28
    30 to 36
    0 to 14
    37 to 44
    0 to 7

    Reference: Neofax (Palm version) 24 December 2002


  • 50 mg/mL (ticarcillin component) syringe for IV use prepared by the Department of Pharmacy
  • Timentin 3.1g vial (Ticarcillin 3g and Clavulanic acid 0.1g)

    reconstitute as follows:

    1. Reconstitute Timentin 3.1 g vial with 13mL sterile water for injection (SWFI) to produce ticarcillin 200 mg/mL
    2. Take 1 mL of the 200 mg/mL solution plus 3 mL SWFI
                = 200 mg / 4 mL
                = 50 mg / mL


  1. McEvoy G K (ed): AHFS Drug Information, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, 2001.
  2. Taketomo CK, Hodding JH and Kraus DM: Pediatric Dosage Handbook, Lexi-Comp Inc., Cleveland, 7th Edition, 2000-2001
  3. Phelps SJ, Hak EB: Guidelines for administration of intravenous medications to pediatric patients, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Bethesda, MD, 5th Edition, 1996.
  4. Sattler CA : Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infection in children, Pediatr Infect Dis J 2000;19:877-8.

Date of preparation : 30 March 2001

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