loracarbef (cont.)

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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.

DOSING: The recommended dose for adults is 200-400 mg every 12 hours.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Probenecid (Benemid) may increase the concentration of loracarbef in the blood by decreasing excretion of loracarbef by the kidney. This interaction is sometimes used to enhance the effect of cephalosporins.

PREGNANCY: Safe use during pregnancy has not been established.

NURSING MOTHERS: Safe use in nursing mothers has not been established.

SIDE EFFECTS: Loracarbef is generally well tolerated, and side effects are usually transient. More common side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, skin rash, abnormal liver tests, vaginitis, itching, headaches, and dizziness.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/28/2014


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