Cefditoren

Cefditoren is a medication used to treat several types of bacterial infections. Common side effects of cefditoren include nausea, diarrhea, and headache.

Cefditoren Overview

Reviewed: July 17, 2013
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Cefditoren is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections of the lungs, airways, throat, and skin. Cefditoren belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics, which work by stopping the growth of bacteria in the body.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken twice a day with food.

Common side effects of cefditoren include nausea, diarrhea, and headache.

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  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Haemophilus Infections
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  • Pneumonia, Bacterial
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  • Staphylococcal Skin Infections
  • Streptococcal Infections

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Uses of Cefditoren

Cefditoren is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections of the lungs, airways, throat, and skin.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Cefditoren Brand Names

Cefditoren may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Cefditoren Drug Class

Cefditoren is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Cefditoren

Common side effects of cefditoren include the following:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting

This is not a complete list of cefditoren side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Serious side effects have been reported with cefditoren. See the “Drug Precautions” section.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Cefditoren Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • probenecid (Probalan, Benemid)
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
  • antacids such as Mylanta, Gaviscon, and Maalox
  • histamine 2 (H2) blockers such as cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid), and nizatidine (Axid)
  • proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and dexlansoprazole (Kapidex)

This is not a complete list of cefditoren drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Cefditoren Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with cefditoren including:

  • hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction). This type of reaction may be serious and possibly fatal. These reactions are more likely to occur in those with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity and/or a history of sensitivity to multiple allergens. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start to develop signs or symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction, which include the following:
    • chest pain
    • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
    • difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • fainting
    • rash
  • diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics, and it usually ends when the antibacterial is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as 2 or more months after having taken their last dose of the antibacterial. If diarrhea is severe or lasts more than 2 or 3 days, contact your doctor, as this may be a sign of an infection of the bowels.
  • superinfection. Cefditoren should not be used for extended periods. Prolonged use can lead to the growth of dangerous organisms that are resistant to cefditoren. Take this medication for the duration prescribed by your doctor.
  • bleeding abnormalities. Your health care provider may want to monitor lab tests that show how well your blood is able to clot or that measure your tendency to bleed. Any abnormalities or irregularities that may occur may be more common in those with kidney dysfunction.

Do not take cefditoren if you:

  • are allergic to cefditoren or any of its ingredients
  • have a history of an allergic reaction to similar antibiotics (cephalosporins, penicillins)
  • have a carnitine deficiency
  • are allergic to milk proteins (this product contains sodium caseinate)

Cefditoren Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of cefditoren, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking cefditoren, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to cefditoren or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to similar antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)
  • have kidney or liver problems
  • have an allergy to milk protein (this product contains sodium caseinate)
  • have a carnitine deficiency
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Cefditoren and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Cefditoren falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with cefditoren. But in animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Cefditoren and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Cefditoren has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from cefditoren, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of this medication. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.

Cefditoren Usage

Take cefditoren exactly as prescribed.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken twice a day with food.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of cefditoren at the same time.

Cefditoren Dosage

Take cefditoren exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The cefditoren dose your doctor recommends will be based on:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your kidney function

The recommended dosing range for cefditoren in adults and young adults (age 12 and older) is 200 mg to 400 mg given twice daily. The dose may be decreased if you have a decrease in kidney function.

Cefditoren Overdose

If you take too much cefditoren call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

If cefditoren is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention. is usually administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting making it unlikely for an overdose to occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.

 

Other Requirements

  • Store at room temperature between 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
  • Protect from light and moisture.
  • Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.