loracarbef

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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GENERIC NAME: loracarbef

BRAND NAME: (Lorabid: This brand no longer is available in the U.S. and there are no generic formulations.)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Loracarbef is a synthetic oral antibiotic in the cephalosporin family of antibiotics. The cephalosporin family includes cephalexin (Keflex), cefaclor (Ceclor), cefuroxime (Zinacef), cefpodoxime (Vantin), cefprozil (Cefzil), and many injectable antibiotics. Like other cephalosporins, loracarbef stops bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria from forming the walls that surround them. The walls are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall. Loracarbef is effective against a wide variety of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Haemophilus influenzae, E. coli, and many others. Loracarbef was approved in December 1991.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 200 and 400 mg. Suspension: 100 and 200 mg/5 ml.

STORAGE: Tablets and oral suspension may be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) in a tightly closed container.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Loracarbef is effective against susceptible bacteria responsible for infections of the middle ear, tonsils, throat, larynx (laryngitis), bronchi (bronchitis), and sinuses as well as pneumonia. It also is used for treating urinary tract and skin infections.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/28/2014

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