Alfacet review

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

Alfacet is 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 that is causing the infection.

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

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

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

Alfacet side effects include allergic reactions in the form of rashes, pruritus, uticaria (hives), fever, serum sickness-like reactions (hypersensitivity), arthralgia (joint pain), and anaphylaxis (whole body allergy). Patients may also experience diarrhea, wamble, 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 Alfacet and seek emergency medical attention if they experience severe allergic reactions like breathing difficulties, skin edema of the facial tissue, rashes, redness or pruritus, wamble, 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.

Alfacet 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 Alfacet in liquid form, the bottle needs to be shaken and the correct dosage accurately measured out using a measuring spoon or cup.

Alfacet 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 medicament process short may cause the body to develop a resistance to antibiotics.

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

Alfacet has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of alfacet

• Molecular formula of alfacet 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
Alfacet 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): Alenfral, Alfatil, Ceclor, Ceclor CD, Cefaclorum, Cephaclor, Distaclor, Kefral, Panacef, Panoral, Raniclor

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