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Loracarbef oral
LORACARBEF - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

LORACARBEF - ORAL

(lor-uh-KAR-beff)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lorabid

Uses

Loracarbef is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.

How To Use

This medication should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. The liquid suspension form of this medication must be shaken well before using. It does not have to be refrigerated. Discard any unused portion after 14 days because the drug loses potency.

Side Effects

This medication may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and headache. If they continue or become severe, inform your doctor promptly. Report promptly: nervousness, insomnia, dizziness. Unlikely to occur but report: fever, easy bleeding or bruising, a change in the amount of urine, seizures. Notify your doctor immediately if an allergic reaction occurs while taking this medication. Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, skin rash, hives, itching. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor of any allergies you have especially to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, other antibiotics or other medications. Tell your doctor if you have a history of: kidney disease, colitis or other stomach problems. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection). This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: probenecid, blood thinners, other antibiotics, live vaccines. Diabetics should be aware this medication may cause false positive urine glucose tests. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about alternative way to monitor your sugar levels. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach upset.

Notes

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection or give it to someone else. A different medication may be necessary.

Missed Dose

If you should miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose. If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose.

Storage

Store capsules and liquid suspension at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Check the expiration date on the liquid suspension and discard any unused medication after that date.