Cefditoren is a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic used in the United States and the world over for treatment of bacterial infections. It started appearing on the US market in 1977. Soon, other countries followed as well. Cefditoren is marketed under several brand names including Ceftin, Zinnat, and Shincef.
Cefditoren is effective in killing bacteria and stopping it from wreaking havoc on your health. It is used to treat infections in the respiratory tract, ear, throat, sinus, urinary system and skin. It is also prescribed to patients with gonorrhoea, Lyme disease, and bronchitis. Cefditoren is not only an effective treatment but also an effective prevention therapy. Doctors sometimes use Cefditoren prior to an operation to prevent infections from occurring.
Cefditoren should not be used by patients allergic to any of its active ingredients. It is also not advisable for people with kidney disease. Inherited blood disorders and other prescription and non-prescription medicines taken with Cefditoren may cause adverse reactions. It is best to take the necessary precautions before using this medication.
Pregnant women must be very careful in using this medicine. Some feel that it may cause fetal harm so it is advisable that you ask your doctor before taking any medicaments. Lactating mothers should also take precautions with their medicaments. Medicines pass on to the child through the breast milk so it is important to know whether it will cause damaging effects to the infant or not. Care must be observed at all times, not just with Cefditoren.
Cefditoren is taken orally and comes in a liquid suspension and tablets that must be taken at regular intervals for a specific period of time. The liquid suspension must be taken with food while the tablet can be taken with or without food. Regardless, taking Cefditoren with food is advisable. Aside from being less vulnerable to side effects, you will also have a better chance to see results right away. Cefditoren is better absorbed by the body when taken with food.
Maintaining a regular dosing schedule is important to the effectiveness of the medication. Certain levels of the medicine should be maintained in your body for a specific period to be efficient in eliminating the bacteria. Do not stop taking Cefditoren even if your conditions improve. The bacteria may be alive even if you no longer feel the discomfort of infection. You must not continue taking Cefditoren beyond the prescribed duration. If your symptoms continue after you have fulfilled the prescription, seek advice from your doctor before deciding on your next step.
Causes for alarm that should bring you to the doctor's office immediately include stomach pains, emesis, and diarrhea, which may occur during treatment but these should be mild or moderate only. If you experience a severe episode of any of these side effects, call your doctor immediately, especially if they come with breathing difficulty, vaginal infections or hives.
Cefditoren has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of cefditoren 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
• Cefditoren available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets
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