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Cephradine


Cephradine capsules

What are cephradine capsules?

CEPHRADINE (Anspor®, Velosef®) is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It treats many kinds of infections including those of the skin, respiratory tract, ear, and urinary tract. Generic cephradine capsules are available.

What should my health care professional know before I take cephradine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding problems

  • diarrhea

  • kidney disease

  • stomach or intestinal problems (especially colitis)

  • other chronic illness

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cephradine, other cephalosporin antibiotics, penicillin, penicillamine, other foods, dyes or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take cephradine capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take the capsules with or without food. If cephradine upsets your stomach it may help to take it with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with cephradine?

  • other antibiotics

  • probenecid

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What should I watch for while taking cephradine?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not begin to improve in a few days.

If you are diabetic you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

If you get severe or watery diarrhea, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking cephradine.

What side effects may I notice from taking cephradine?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • difficulty breathing, wheezing

  • dizziness or fainting

  • fever or chills, sore throat

  • reduced amount of urine

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures (convulsions)

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • skin rash, itching

  • stomach pain or cramps

  • swollen joints

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

  • unusual tiredness or weakness

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • nausea

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Cephradine oral suspension

What is cephradine oral suspension?

CEPHRADINE (Anspor®, Velosef®) is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It treats many kinds of infections including those of the skin, respiratory tract, sinuses, ear, and urinary tract. Generic cephradine oral suspension is available.

What should my health care professional know before I take cephradine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding problems

  • diarrhea

  • kidney disease

  • stomach or intestinal problems (especially colitis)

  • other chronic illness

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cephradine, other cephalosporin antibiotics, penicillin, penicillamine, other foods, dyes or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take cephradine oral suspension by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one; household spoons are not always accurate. If cephradine upsets your stomach it may help to take it with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with cephradine?

  • other antibiotics

  • probenecid

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What should I watch for while taking cephradine?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not begin to improve in a few days.

If you are diabetic you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

If you get severe or watery diarrhea, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking cephradine.

What side effects may I notice from taking cephradine?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • difficulty breathing, wheezing

  • dizziness or fainting

  • fever or chills, sore throat

  • reduced amount of urine

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures (convulsions)

  • severe or watery diarrhea

  • skin rash, itching

  • stomach pain or cramps

  • swollen joints

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

  • unusual tiredness or weakness

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • nausea

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store the dry powder at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). After mixing, store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F); do not freeze. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days.