Compare Cedax vs. Spectracef

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Cedax (ceftibuten)

Prescription only

Spectracef (cefditoren)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Cedax (ceftibuten) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to finish the full course of treatment.

Treats bacterial infections.

Spectracef (cefditoren) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

Upsides
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available as a pill or liquid suspension.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
  • Cedax (ceftibuten) is available as a generic.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can be taken with birth control pills.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) is available as a generic.
Downsides
  • Cedax (ceftibuten) can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
  • If you're on blood thinners, let your doctor know. Cedax (ceftibuten) can interact with your medicines and make you more likely to bleed.
  • If you're taking the liquid suspension and you have diabetes, you will need to watch your blood sugar closely. You must take it 2 hours before or 1 hour after a meal.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take Spectracef (cefditoren) and antacids at the same time. Your pharmacist can help you figure out when the best time to take your antacids is.
  • If you're diabetic, Spectracef (cefditoren) can cause a false positive result if you're using Clinitest to measure your urine sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about alternative urine sugar tests.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can also affect other lab test so let your physicians know that you're taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Abnormal changes in kidney function
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Abrnormal changes in laboratory blood test
    3%
  • Upset stomach
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Loose stools
    2%
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The Spectracef (cefditoren) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Cedax (ceftibuten) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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  • Risk of bleeding
    • Poor nutritional state
    • Prolonged treatment
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Penicillin allergy
    • History of penicillin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Spectracef (cefditoren) for a long time
  • Milk protein allergy
  • Low carnitine levels
    • Carnitine deficiency
    • Kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • Low muscle mass
  • Diarrhea
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