Bidocef, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, acts against an extensive variety of bacteria, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It belongs to a group of medicaments called cephalosporin antibiotics, used to treat many different types of bacterial infections.
Distributed under the brand name, Duricef, Bidocef is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate infections. It is not effective against viral infections like colds or the flu. Bidocef is also used as an antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures.
Bidocef acts via fast absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, even when taken with food. It travels through the body's tissues and fluids to seek out traces of bacterial infection.
Before taking this medication, patients should inform their doctor if they are allergic to penicillin or other types of antibiotics. If patients have a history of kidney illness, or any stomach or gastrointestinal tract disorder like colitis, they are advised to tell their doctor. These conditions preclude the use of Bidocef or require a different dosage and monitoring while taking this medication.
It is also important for patients to inform their doctor if they have diabetes. Bidocef in liquid form (suspension) contains sucrose, which may aggravate symptoms of diabetes. Although this medication is not considered harmful to unborn babies, it is still important to let the doctor know if the patient is pregnant or has plans to become pregnant during the course of treatment.
Patients should also inform their doctor of any other prescription or over-the-counter medicaments, including vitamin and herbal products, as these may have adverse results when taken with Bidocef. It may even lessen the medication's healing effect.
Bidocef is characterized by its fast absorbing action and may indirectly affect breast milk, causing harm to nursing infants. Female patients should tell their doctor if they are breastfeeding before starting Bidocef use.
As symptoms of an infection usually clear before the bacteria is completely eradicated, Bidocef should be taken according to the prescribed length of time ordered by the doctor. This is to prevent a recurrence of the same infection in the future.
Antibiotics can cause diarrhea, which is usually a sign of a new infection. However, if the diarrhea is exceptionally watery or contains blood in it, patients should call their doctor and refrain from taking any medication for the diarrhea unless told by a doctor to do so.
Other side effects of Bidocef include an upset stomach, mild nausea, joint pain, and vaginal itching or discharge. However, if the medication causes the patient to break out in hives, have breathing difficulties or result in a skin edema of the face and mouth area, emergency medical attention should be sought immediately.
In some cases, Bidocef can also cause extreme blistering and peeling, a red skin rash, fever and chills, throat soreness and flu symptoms, unexplained bleeding or bruising, nausea and loss of appetite, jaundice, dark urine and grey-colored stools, and even seizures. These side effects are serious in nature and should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible.
Bidocef is taken as prescribed, usually with a full glass of water or milk. The liquid form of the medication should be measured with a measuring spoon or cup to obtain the correct dose. Bidocef should be taken at regular intervals during the prescribed period of time for the best treatment results.
Bidocef has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of bidocef is C16H17N3O5S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 7-[[2-amino-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetyl]amino]-3-methyl-8-oxo- 5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 363.3883 g/mol
• Bidocef available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets
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