|Type of medicine||Cephalosporin antibiotic|
|Available as||Capsules and injection|
Cefradine works by killing or stopping the growth of the bacteria that cause infections. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic which means it is active against a wide variety of bacteria.
Before taking cefradine
Before taking cefradine make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have kidney problems.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine. It is particularly important that you tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other antibiotics.
How to take cefradine
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Take cefradine exactly as your doctor has told you.
- Take cefradine at regular intervals and complete the course you have been prescribed. It is important to take the full course (even if you feel your infection has cleared up) to prevent the infection coming back.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next dose, in which case leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Some people develop thrush (redness and itching in the mouth or vagina) after taking a course of antibiotics. If you think you have thrush speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
- If you are using oral combined hormonal contraception (the 'pill'), additional contraceptive precautions such as condoms are not required during a course of this antibiotic unless you are sick or have diarrhoea. If you need further advice, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
- If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking cefradine.
- This antibiotic may stop the oral typhoid vaccine from working. If you are having any vaccinations, make sure the person treating you knows that you are taking this medicine.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with cefradine.
Can cefradine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Diarrhoea||Drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids. If the diarrhoea is severe or lasts for more than 24 hours, see your doctor|
|Feeling or being sick, stomach ache||Eat little and often and stick to simple or bland foods|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headache continues, speak with your doctor|
|Dizziness||Make sure your reactions are normal before driving, operating machinery or doing any other jobs that could be dangerous if you were not fully alert|
|Thrush, skin rash and itching||Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice|
Important: If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking cefradine and contact your doctor for advice straight away:
- A severe skin rash.
- Jaundice, fever, and pain in your joints.
- Swelling of your tongue, mouth, or face.
- Severe diarrhoea.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store cefradine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 20/04/2011||Document ID: 3612 Version: 25||© EMIS|
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