Alenfral review

Alenfral is the generic name for a second-generation broad-spectrum antibiotic from the group of antibacterial medications known as cephalosporins. It is available under the brand names Ceclor, Ceclor CD, Ceclor Pulvules, and Raniclor.

Alenfral is usually used for the treatment of bacterial infections like pneumonia, and infections of the ear, lung, skin, throat, and urinary tract. It works by penetrating the body's tissues and fluids, and obstructing the growth of the bacteria causing the infection.

Patients should not take Alenfral if they are allergic to cephalosporin, penicillin or other antibiotics, or if they have a kidney disorder or any digestive disease like colitis. They are advised to inform their doctor of these illnesses and get a prescription for a different dosage and constant monitoring during the course of treatment.

In suspension form, Alenfral contains sucrose, which is not advisable for diabetics. Pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant should apprise their doctor of their situation before treatment. As Alenfral can be passed on through breast milk, nursing mothers need to tell their doctor if they are breastfeeding before taking any dose of the medication, so as not to affect nursing infants.

Patients are advised not to take antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum while under Alenfral treatment as these can lower the efficacy of the antibiotic. Some examples of these antacids are Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta, and Milk of Magnesia. Other medications that may affect Alenfral include Warfarin (an anticoagulant), Probenecid (an arthritis and gout medication), loop diuretics or water pills, and other antibiotics. Patients should inform their doctor of any other medications, vitamins or herbal supplements they may be taking prior to starting their Alenfral treatment.

Alenfral side effects include allergic reactions in the form of rashes, itching, uticaria (hives), fever, serum sickness-like reactions (hypersensitivity), arthralgia (joint pain), and anaphylaxis (whole body atopy). Patients may also experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, transient hepatitis, jaundice, cephalalgias and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a deadly allergic skin disease). In some rare cases, blood disorders, nephritis (kidney inflammation), hyperactivity, nervousness, disrupted sleep, hallucinations, confusion and dizziness may occur.

Patients should immediately stop taking Alenfral and seek emergency medical attention if they experience severe allergic reactions like breathing difficulties, skin edema of the facial tissue, rashes, redness or itching, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, blood or mucus in their stools, or unexplained bleeding and bruising. In any case, all side effects should be reported to the doctor for evaluation, particularly if they interfere with day-to-day activities.

Alenfral comes in purple and white 250 mg. capsules, purple and gray 500 mg. capsules, and as a suspension (liquid) in strawberry flavor. Ceclor CD is also manufactured in blue tables of 375 and 500 mgs. When taking Alenfral in liquid form, the bottle needs to be shaken and the correct dosage accurately measured out using a measuring spoon or cup.

Alenfral can be taken with a full glass of water on a full or empty stomach. Ceclor CD, in extended release capsules, needs to be taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. Ceclor CD tablets are specially created to be released slowly in the body, so it is advisable not to cut, grind or chew them.

While symptoms of an infection usually disappear early on, the bacteria causing the infection may still remain in the body. Cutting the medication process short may cause the body to develop a resistance to antibiotics.

Alenfral needs to be taken regularly during the prescribed period to make sure the body maintains a consistent level of the medication, and to obtain the best effect from it. Any unused medication should be disposed of after 14 days.

Alenfral has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of alenfral

• Molecular formula of alenfral is C15H14ClN3O4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (6R,7R)-7-[(2-amino-2-phenylacetyl)amino]-3-chloro-8-oxo- 5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 367.8074 g/mol
Alenfral available : 250mg capsules, 500mg capsules, 187mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 375mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 125mg/5ml suspension 150ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 150ml bottle, 187mg/5ml suspension 50ml bottle, 375mg/5ml suspension 50ml bottle, 125mg/5ml suspension 75ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 75ml bottle

Generic name: Cefaclor

Brand name(s): Alfacet, Alfatil, Ceclor, Ceclor CD, Cefaclorum, Cephaclor, Distaclor, Kefral, Panacef, Panoral, Raniclor

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