Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Spectracef
Generic Name: cefditoren (Pronunciation: CEF di tor en)
What is cefditoren (Spectracef)?
Cefditoren may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of cefditoren (Spectracef)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about cefditoren (Spectracef)?
Do not take cefditoren if you are allergic to milk protein (not lactose intolerance), or if you have a carnitine deficiency (a lack of a certain chemical in the body). Talk with your doctor if you are unsure.
You should not take cefditoren if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotic (such as Ceftin, Cefzil, Keflex, Omnicef, and others).
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or if you are malnourished.
Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cefditoren will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
This medication can cause you to have false results with certain medical tests, including urine glucose (sugar) tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cefditoren.
Your body will best absorb cefditoren if you take it with food.
Avoid taking cefditoren at the same time that you take any type of antacid or stomach acid reducer.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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