What is Spectracef?Spectracef is an antibiotic used to treat bronchitis (inflammation of the air passages within the lungs), pneumonia, throat and tonsil inflammation, and skin infections caused by bacteria.
What is the most important information I should know about Spectracef?If you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form, consult your doctor before taking Spectracef. If you take Spectracef and feel signs of a reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
Pseudomembranous colitis (an infection of the colon resulting in diarrhea) can occur with 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 Spectracef.
Spectracef should only be used to treat bacterial infections; it does not treat viral infections, such as the common cold.
Who should not take Spectracef?Do not take Spectracef if you are allergic to it or to other cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics. In addition, do not take Spectracef if you have a carnitine deficiency (a protein disorder) or are allergic to milk.
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 medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Spectracef. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, or have liver or kidney disease, decreased muscle mass, or a history of stomach disorders.
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: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.
How should I take Spectracef?Spectracef should be taken with meals. 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 Spectracef with antacids.
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 antibiotics, probenecid, and medications like 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 and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Spectracef?If you miss a dose of Spectracef, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Spectracef?Store at room temperature.