Alcephin review

Penicillin is one of the most important discoveries in medicine. Since its inception variations of the medication were developed retaining only its antibiotic properties but of different components. Alcephin is one of the descendants of Penicillin, a member of the cephalosporin group of antibiotics. It is used to tackle mild bacterial infections that usually occur in the ear, skin, throat, lung, and the urinary tract.

Alcephin is a prescription medicine that is low dose in nature. As such, it is often used as a follow-up for a stronger dosage of cephalosporin or solely to treat mild versions of respiratory tract and skin infections. Due to its low dosage stature, Alcephin may be inconvenient to take because it acts on a short-term basis. Regular dosage is scheduled more frequently than other stronger cephalosporin antibiotics. On the flip side, Alcephin can be used over an extended period of time. The side effects are also milder compared to other antibiotics.

Before taking Alcephin, it is ideal to talk to your doctor about the conditions that you need the medicine to treat. Your doctor should ask about your medical history, which should be answered in detail. Primarily, your doctor will want to know whether you are allergic to a cephalosporin type of antibiotic or not. It is also important for him to determine if you have an existing liver disease, kidney ailment, stomach disorders, or diabetes. Undernourished and pregnant patients are also watched closely. Occurrence of any of these conditions makes you a possible candidate for a different dosage or different medication altogether. Patients with delicate conditions are carefully monitored during their treatment. Also, beware of certain medications that may react differently towards Alcephin. If you were using warfarin, meftormin, or probenecid prior to Alcephin, you must tell your doctor about it.

Alcephin is taken as prescribed. Alcephin is usually in pill, capsule, or liquid form. You are only required to take a specific amount for a specific period of time. You cannot stop using it before the determined period is over just because your symptoms are no longer there. Sometimes, symptoms disappear even before the bacteria are killed. In the same way, you cannot use Alcephin for longer than required. If you feel that you still have a need for it, go back to your doctor. Take note that Alcephin is not designed to tackle viral infections such as the common cold or flu. Another form of medication is used for that.

Alcephin may result in some side effects including diarrhoea, convulsions, fever, headache, sore throat, weakness, and urinating less than usual. These symptoms are common reactions of the body towards the medication. If you experience emesis, extreme stomach pains, and urinating with blood, you must call your doctor immediately. These are alarming signs that should tell you the medication is not working properly.

Alcephin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of alcephin

• Molecular formula of alcephin is C16H17N3O4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 8-(2-amino-2-phenyl-acetyl)amino-4-methyl-7-oxo-2-thia-6-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct- 4-ene-5-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 347.39 g/mol
Alcephin available : 250mg capsules, 500mg capsules, 125mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 125mg/5ml suspension 200ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 200ml bottle, 250mg tablets

Generic name: Cephalexin

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