What is Spectracef?Spectracef is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body. Spectracef cures mild-to-moderate bacterial infections of the skin, throat, and respiratory tract. Among these infections are pneumonia, strep throat, and tonsillitis. Spectracef is also prescribed for acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis.
What is the most important information I should know about Spectracef?Pseudomembranous colitis (an infection of the colon) has been reported with nearly all antibacterial agents, including Spectracef, and may range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Therefore, it is important to tell your doctor if you experience diarrhea during or after treatment with antibacterial agents such as Spectracef.
Who should not take Spectracef?If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillin, Spectracef or other cephalosporin antibiotics, do not take Spectracef.
Do not use Spectracef if you have a deficiency of the amino acid carnitine, or if you have a problem metabolizing carnitine. Also avoid the drug if you're allergic to milk protein, since Spectracef contains this substance. However, being lactose intolerant should not prevent you from using Spectracef.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Spectracef?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Spectracef. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease, kidney disease, decreased muscle mass, a history of gastrointestinal disease, or if you are malnourished.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and Children 12 years and older: For Acute Flare-ups of Chronic Bronchitis The usual dose is 400 milligrams (mg) twice a day for 10 days.
For Pharyngitis, Tonsillitis, and Skin Infections
The usual dose is 200 mg twice a day for 10 days.
For Community-Acquired Pneumonia
The usual dose is 400 mg twice a day for 14 days.
If you have kidney disease, the dose may be lower.
Children less than 12 years old: Spectracef has not been studied in children less than 12 years old and should not be used in this age group.
How should I take Spectracef?Spectracef should be taken with meals to enhance absorption. Take Spectracef only when directed to do so by your doctor.
To make certain your infection is completely cleared up, take all of the medication exactly as your doctor prescribes, even if you begin to feel better after the first few days.
What should I avoid while taking Spectracef?Do not take it with antacids such as Tums or other medications that reduce stomach acid.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Spectracef?If Spectracef is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Spectracef with the following:
Antacids, Blood thinners such as warfarin, Penicillins or other cephalosporin antibiotic, Probenecid, Ulcer drugs known as H2 blockers such as famotidine.
What are the possible side effects of Spectracef?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: Diarrhea, headache, nausea, vaginal infection
Can I receive Spectracef if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Spectracef during pregnancy are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. Spectracef can appear in breast milk. If Spectracef is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Spectracef?Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Spectracef?Store at room temperature; protect from light and moisture.