Ancef is a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic that has been widely used in the United States and the world over for treatment of several bacterial infections. It started invading the US market in 1977. Soon enough, other countries followed as well. Ancef is marketed under several brand names including Ceftin, Zinnat, Shincef, and Biofuroksym.
Ancef is effective in killing bacteria and stopping it from wreaking further havoc on your health. It is often used to treat infections in the respiratory tract, ear, throat, sinus, urinary system and skin. It is also often prescribed to patients with gonorrhoea, Lyme disease, and bronchitis. Ancef is not only an effective treatment but also an effective prevention therapy. Doctors sometimes use Ancef before an operation to prevent infections from occurring.
Ancef should not be used by patients who are allergic to any of its active ingredients. It is also not advisable for people who have kidney disease. Inherited blood disorders as well as other prescription and non-prescription medicines taken with Ancef may cause adverse reactions. It is best that you take the necessary precautions before using this medicament.
Pregnant women must be very careful in using medicines. Some medicaments may cause fetal harm so it is advisable that you ask your doctor before taking any medicaments. Lactating moms should also take precautions with their medicament intake. Medicines usually pass onto the child through the breast milk so it is important to know whether it will cause damaging effects to the infant or not. This kind of care must be observed at all times, not just with Ancef.
Ancef is administered orally by mouth. It comes in liquid suspension and tablet forms that must be taken at regular intervals for a specific period of time. The liquid suspension must always be taken with food while the tablet can be taken with or without food. In most cases, taking Ancef with food is advisable. Aside from being less vulnerable to side effects, you will also have better chances to get results right away. Ancef, when taken with food, is better absorbed by the body.
Observing a regular dosing schedule is important to the effectiveness of the treatment. Certain levels of the medicine should be maintained in your body for a specific period to be efficient in eliminating the bacteria completely. Do not stop taking Ancef even if your conditions have improved. The bacteria may still be alive even if you no longer feel the discomfort of infection. Also, you must not continue taking Ancef beyond the prescribed duration. If your symptoms continue to appear after you have fulfilled the prescription, seek advice from your doctor before deciding on your next step.
Other causes for alarm that should bring you to the doctor's office immediately concern Ancef's side effects. Normally, stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur during treatment but these should be mild or moderate only. If you experience a severe episode of any of those side effects, call your doctor immediately, especially if they come with breathing difficulty, vaginal infections or hives.
Ancef has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of ancef is C16H16N4O8S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-(carbamoyloxymethyl)-8-[2-(2-furyl)-2-methoxyimino-acetyl]amino-7-oxo- 2-thia-6-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-4-ene-5-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 424.386 g/mol
• Ancef available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets
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