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Therapeutic Class: Antibiotic
Pharmacologic Class: 3rd Generation Cephalosporin
Cefditoren is used in the treatment of infections caused by bacteria. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth.
Cefditoren pivoxil is used to treat some throat and lung infections, including bronchitis and tonsillitis. It is also used to treat some skin infections.
cefditoren pivoxil is available only with your doctor's prescription.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For cefditoren pivoxil, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to cefditoren pivoxil or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Studies on cefditoren pivoxil have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of cefditoren in children less than 12 years of age with use in other age groups.
cefditoren pivoxil has been tested and has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
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Studies in women suggest that this medication poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding.
Using cefditoren pivoxil with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of cefditoren pivoxil. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
To help clear up your infection completely, keep taking cefditoren pivoxil for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Also, if you stop taking cefditoren pivoxil too soon, your symptoms may return.
cefditoren pivoxil works best when there is a constant amount in the blood or urine. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses. Also, it is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times, day and night. For example, if you are to take four doses a day, the doses should be spaced about 6 hours apart. If this interferes with your sleep or other daily activities, or if you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, check with your health care professional.
The dose of cefditoren pivoxil will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of cefditoren pivoxil. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
Cefditoren should be taken with food to increase absorption of the medicine.
If you miss a dose of cefditoren pivoxil, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
In some patients, cefditoren may cause diarrhea:
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:Rare
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More Common
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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